Residents left in the dark

2017-06-06 06:01
Holes left where 50 meters of electrical cabling were stollen at the Snowden Street park.

Holes left where 50 meters of electrical cabling were stollen at the Snowden Street park.

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Park lighting will not be replaced following an incident of cable theft in ­Tafelsig.

Last month residents encountered darkness as cables supplying electricity to the street and park lights were dug up and ­stolen.

Ward 82 councillor Sheval Arendse says thieves dug up about 50m of underground cables at the Snowdon Street park during the night on Saturday 13 May.

“The estimated cost is R160 per metre, making it R8000 (worth of cables stolen from the park),” says Arendse.

He says he was alerted to the incident by residents.

“The community reported streetlights faulty and a reference number was created.”

Investigation then led to the discovery that the cables had been dug up at the park, leaving the street and park in darkness.

“This occurs every month and thieves even switch off streetlights at the pole. The streetlights will be repaired, but unfortunately the park lights will not be due to the theft of the cables,” he says.

Arendse says residents should continue taking ownership of their streets.

“Whenever residents see a person pushing a wheelie bin or roaming around with a pack on his shoulder, they must stop the person and check the contents. Most of the perpetrators are people we know and I am trying to close down bucket shops and scrapyards within a residential area. These places are being kept open because of the buying and selling of non-ferrous metal,” says Arendse.

Every year the City of Cape Town spends millions of rands replacing stolen cables.

V Report theft to the City on 0800 222 771 or police on 08600 10111.

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