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    All stakeholders must join hands to fight cable theft

    Tue, Jun 12, 2018

    The City of Tshwane is faced with the mammoth task of curbing cable theft, which is a nightmare throughout South Africa. From November 2017 to May 2018 the City lost about R65 million to cable theft. And it is not just the City that is affected – local residents and businesses also suffer from this scourge. This is why the City is appealing to Tshwane’s residents and all its stakeholders to take part in curbing this crime.


    Local residents and businesses in all seven regions regularly face water supply interruptions and power outages as a result of cable theft and vandalism of substations. This culminates in non-functioning street and traffic lights, power outages, water supply interruptions and so forth.


    The costs the City incurs to restore vandalised substations and replace stolen cables are enormous. As a result, funds that were supposed to restore the dignity of our residents by providing water connections and new electricity, fixing potholes, installing new street lights, building new RDP houses and maintaining our roads must now be used to repair vandalised substations and replace stolen cables.


    In his State of the Capital Address on 12 April 2018, the Executive Mayor, Cllr Solly Msimanga, stressed that cable theft and vandalism hamper local economic development and affect the quality of life of Tshwane’s residents. In order to curtail this scourge, the City has established a dedicated Cable Theft Unit in the Tshwane Metro Police Department. According to Cllr Msimanga, more than R80 million has been allocated to the unit to equip them with the necessary resources.


    Residents are encouraged to play their part in getting rid of cable theft completely by reporting any suspicious behaviour or digging to 012 358 7095/6 or 080 874 9263. Residents can also contact their local ward councillors and the Community Police Forum (CPF) in their area.

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