Pylons a safety hazard, ratepayers say after roof collapse

2015-11-07 08:36

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Cape Town - The pylons located in Sunningdale - one crashed through the roof of a home during a weekend storm - could also be endangering the lives of nearby homeowners, the Table View Ratepayers’ Association has warned.

The organisation has written to Eskom and Mayor Patricia De Lille about the state of the steel structures which are allegedly rusted and have loose bolts.

In the letter, association executive committee member Des Palm said he visited the site after the pylon crashed through the roof of a house in Cherry Hill Crescent on Sunday.

“What I found was absolutely disturbing, given my knowledge about steel structures,” he said.

The City of Cape Town said the pylon belonged to Eskom.

Palm said the particular line of pylons was subject to the full exposure of the South Easter.

“The pylon was blown over in the North West direction due to the failure of the base fixings on the opposite side. On inspection I found the two support legs - [the ones] that failed -  to have been rusted away at the line of the concrete ...  

“One of the other supports showed a loose bolt and the angle iron support sheared, which was possibly caused by the collapse of the pylon," he said, adding that based on information provided to him, the wind that day was about 70km/h. 

While the association was relieved that no one was injured or killed, they were concerned that the other pylons may be at the same stage of deterioration.

“It is likely that further such disasters may occur as we are entering the South Easter season now. One of the adjacent pylons is opposite a school,” Palm pointed out in his letter.

The association has requested an inspection of all the pylons in the area. It has also called for remedial action to be taken to prevent similar incidents.

Palm said because the pylons were situated on public open space, they held the City of Cape Town accountable along with Eskom.

He said Eskom had since responded to his email and had forwarded it to their CEO and maintenance department for attention.

“The mayor’s office also sent an automated response that the email would be forwarded to the relevant department,” he said.

Attempts to reach Eskom for comment were unsuccessful.

Meanwhile, the couple affected by the pylon crash have praised Eskom and the support they received.

Tenant Leslie-Ann de la Guerra on Thursday said Eskom had been “great”.

“They have put us up in a guest house until we move into a rental home,” she said.

Eskom will also pay the deposit and the month’s rent while their home was under repair.

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