City urges residents – report cable theft

The ongoing theft of cables affects the city economy and individuals alike, Tshwane metro has said.

Urging residents to report cable theft incidents, the city said vandals and thieves appeared set on stealing copper from substations to sell to scrap metal dealers impacting negatively on Tshwane’s economy.

“This causes severe damage – not only to the municipal equipment – but also appliances in affected households and businesses as a result of power surges.

“Businesses are left without power and people are delayed from reaching their jobs.”

The metro said the repair costs ran into millions of rands yearly.

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“These are funds that could be better spent improving service delivery.”

The city said although policing was a national competency, residents should work together to ensure crime-related power supply interruptions were curbed.

“We are always grateful for any information received from the public. They are our eyes and ears. They must come forward with any information so we could take action immediately. Theft can be reported on 012-358-7095/6,” said the metro.


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