FROM PAGE 1 Cable theft leaves Burbreeze in darkness

2016-04-14 06:00

“Cable theft is pandemic, with an incident occurring two to three times a week, which makes the challenging task of keeping all 210,000 street lights in the eThekwini area switched on almost impossible,” said Wienand.

He added that if cables are stolen from one location on more than three occasions, the municipality stops replacing the cables for a week or so while they wait for the criminals to move on.

“If a broken light is reported to us, we will try to fix it within three days, while if a cable is faulty or has been stolen, we strive to replace them within the week. This, however, is made more difficult by the cost of replacing cables, as if just 30 metres of cable is stolen from one street light; it costs the municipality R700-R800 to replace, plus roughly R500 in labour and transport costs. This makes our job very difficult.

“I fully understand the frustration of these residents, and although I believe we provide a reasonable service, they have every right to complain. They pay their money and are fully entitled to voice their frustration and we have no vested interests in ignoring complaints since operational infrastructure benefits us all,” said Wienand.

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