Cable theft causes Gauteng train delays

2013-04-05 13:01

Johannesburg - Cable theft and technical problems caused severe delays for Metrorail commuters between Pretoria and Johannesburg on Friday morning, the company said.

Over 55m of overhead power cable was stolen at Centurion; a faulty train broke the overhead wire at Kaalfontein; and a panto hook-up (the electrical connection at the top of a train) at Koedoespoort caused extensive damage to a feeder wire, cutting power on the Capital Park and Koedoespoort panels.

"All corridors in the north of Pretoria [were] badly affected with delays escalating to over 120 minutes, inconveniencing hundreds of commuters from all the corridors," Metrorail said.

Trains from Mamelodi to Pretoria via Capital Park and Rissik, as well as trains between Pretoria and Leralla, were affected.

Metrorail had introduced manual authorisation on affected corridors using single lines to ensure the safe movement of trains and to minimise service delays.

Commuters were requested to seek alternative transport arrangements as technical teams worked on the problem.

"We take the safety of our commuters very seriously and we condemn any acts of sabotage to the train service, and we plead with our commuters to bear with us while our technicians are addressing the problem," said provincial manager Tembela Kulu.

The company apologised for the inconvenience and asked for patience while the problems were fixed.

  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2013-04-05 13:17

    When is this ever going to stop? Have these thieves not heard about the toll structures yet LOL

  • Andre Van Deventer - 2013-04-05 13:43

    There is no will to fight crime in SA. How difficult can it be to identify and prosecute the end users (buyers) of the stolen cables. Fines and punishments are to lenient. These are potential murderers. Don't give them bail and put them away for a long time.

  • Phillip Joubert - 2013-04-05 13:44

    Blame apartheid

      Jackie Dee - 2013-04-05 13:53

      It's inevitable

  • Badger - 2013-04-05 13:45

    It they not buring they stealing cables ...........

  • Hein Huyser - 2013-04-05 14:25

    This is just not acceptable anymore. The pricing structure is unfair and too expensive for the kind of unreliability we get from this arrogant bunch. This is the second time in one month. We have lost just toomuch this month because oftheir inability to live up to their side of the contract, that it is not worth to use them anymore. And don't dare to ask for a refund, you rather expect anhonest answer from JZ than them understanding that we lost fares,had to urgently arrange for a way together to work, pay penalties at the school where ourkids are in etc. This arrogant morons deserve to lose their jobs when this white elephant comes to a standstill.

  • paulus.knighted - 2013-04-05 14:39

    On another note...... Someone should tell the thieves how much copper is in the electronic toll stations on the highway...... Then see how long they work for :)

  • Teunis Rooseboom - 2013-04-05 14:42

    Why dont we steal and destroy everything in this country. Then we can sit around a fire every night and sing songs and drink beer while our children suckle at our women's teets.

      fragtion - 2013-04-05 16:04

      Beer? What beer?... Isn't that supposed to be a luxury of a working economy? :)

  • Sonnyboy Mathebula - 2013-04-05 15:36

    they are not serious abount to do the job right,alwys poor service

  • rob.martin.94402343 - 2013-04-05 16:01

    Start policing the track.

  • Brian Macheka - 2013-04-05 16:38

    "We will burn those nice trains which speak English inside them." Guess those fools are a step closer to seeing their threat through!!!

  • Punungwe - 2013-04-05 17:23

    Eish! Metrorail is caught between a rock and a hard place. Some steal the cables while their friends want to burn the trains down for the resulting delays.

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2013-04-05 17:47

    Now an excuse to go out and burn a few more trains and carriages.........

  • Jaap Kotze - 2013-04-06 07:53

    Just a few cables!

  • Cheekey Rusty - 2013-09-10 21:05

    Cable Croc has the sollution but nothing has been done. We have mailed metro rail all the neccesary documentation with CSIR approved certifications - what a laughing bunch

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