Vandalism, illegal electricity connections cost City of Cape Town R1m in one month

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In February 2022, the most incidents of electricity vandalism and illegal connections that were recorded occurred in the metro’s Area North in areas such as Hanover Park, Heideveld, Athlone and Manenberg as well as in Atlantis and the central city areas of Woodstock and along Philip Kgosana Drive.
In February 2022, the most incidents of electricity vandalism and illegal connections that were recorded occurred in the metro’s Area North in areas such as Hanover Park, Heideveld, Athlone and Manenberg as well as in Atlantis and the central city areas of Woodstock and along Philip Kgosana Drive.
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  • The month of February recorded many incidents of electricity vandalism and illegal connections in Cape Town. 
  • The City of Cape Town says this resulted in almost R1 million in damages.
  •  Mitchells Plain recorded the most number of incidents.

Ongoing electricity vandalism and illegal connections cost the City of Cape Town almost R1 million in February.

The City says February recorded the most incidents of electricity vandalism and illegal connections in the "Area North" - Hanover Park, Heideveld, Athlone and Manenberg, and Atlantis and the central city areas of Woodstock, and along Philip Kgosana Drive.

In "Area South", Mitchells Plain recorded the most number of incidents.

Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Beverley van Reenen said the municipality continued to deploy proactive measures to help curb the vandalism scourge.

In February 2022, the most incidents of electricit
In February 2022, the most incidents of electricity vandalism and illegal connections that were recorded occurred in the metro’s Area North in areas such as Hanover Park, Heideveld, Athlone and Manenberg as well as in Atlantis and the central city areas of Woodstock and along Philip Kgosana Drive.
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"In February, almost R1 million was recorded in damage from vandalism and illegal connections. The City is trying to keep Cape Town lit, but vandalism, theft and illegal connections cause a lot of damage and unnecessary power outages," she said.

Van Reenen added that it also drained resources from much-needed maintenance and upgrading work, and placed the City’s capital programme at risk.

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"A million rand could rather have been spent on expanding service delivery, as in many cases, sadly, as soon as the City fixes or replaces vandalised infrastructure, it is vandalised again."

Van Reenen said they were appealing to residents to assist them by reporting any suspicious activities near electricity infrastructure to both the police and the City.

"We often leave streetlights on in some cases to deter vandals, and where lights are out due to vandalism, the City fixes it as soon as possible. Sadly, as soon as lights have been fixed, they are vandalised again.

"The City does deploy security and monitor hotspot areas where possible, but we rely on our communities to alert us and to help us protect community infrastructure," she said.


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