Gauteng urged to act on cable theft

2013-05-09 11:34
(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Johannesburg - The Gauteng provincial government needs to act to prevent further cable theft after parts of the West Rand were left without power this week, the ACDP said on Thursday.

"Since the current power outage on the West Rand started on the weekend, businesses in the affected area have lost millions of rand because they have not been able to trade fully and have had to discard perishable goods," African Christian Democratic Party Gauteng leader Lydia Meshoe said. This could lead to job losses.

The ACDP said Joburg City Power had lost R20m to cable theft in the past year. Cable theft was blamed for 37% of power cuts.

"Since 2011, cable theft has been a high priority crime; and since the Second Hand Goods Act of 2009 came into effect, it has been a requirement of the law that all records of items bought by scrap metal dealers be inspected by a police official at least once a year."

The West Rand power cut, which was a result of cable theft, has left Industria North, Delarey, White Ridge, Florida Glen, Bergbron, Quellerina and Northcliff Extension 19 without power since Sunday afternoon.


The Star reported on Thursday that the thieves had stolen copper cable worth only a few hundred rand.

City Power spokesperson Louis Pieterse told the newspaper repair teams had found two small leaks in a piece of cable, which prevented power being restored on Wednesday.

The cable contains an oil which needs to be at a particular pressure for it to function correctly.

There were also power cuts in parts of Ekurhuleni on Wednesday, because of a switchgear failure at the Alrode main substation.

Spokesperson Sam Modiba said the switchgear was responsible for opening and closing electric circuits. The loss of one caused power cuts to smaller substations.

By late afternoon, power had been restored to 80% of areas affected, he said.



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