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Municipality curbs cable theft

In an attempt to stop escalating cable theft in the area, the Drakenstein Municipality will start to replace copper electricity cables with aluminium ones as of September. Amounting to about R4 million over the last three years, cable theft in Drakenstein has seen an alarming increase.

Investigations have shown that sophisticated syndicates are responsible for the majority of cable theft in Drakenstein, and that this highly illegal activity spikes over the festive season and during winter months. So far 39 incidents of cable theft have been reported for 2019 alone.

As cable theft causes serious damage to municipal infrastructure and completely unnecessary unplanned power outages and inconvenience to Drakenstein residents, the municipality is implementing various measures to stop cable thieves.

The municipality will install aluminium cables where possible, which have a much lower resale value than copper. It will also install cable detectors to alert the police and the municipality law enforcement when cables are tampered with.

Security at Drakenstein’s electricity substations will be increased, and pepper spray systems, more lighting and electrified security fencing will be installed to prevent access. The area will also be monitored 24/7 by closed-circuit television cameras, as part of the municipality’s new Smart Safety Network. Law enforcement will also work with the police, farm watches and neighbourhood watches to ensure culprits are arrested.

The municipality calls on members of the community to report cases of cable theft to its hotline 0800 555 337 or send an email to drakenstein@whistleblowing.co.za. Whistle-blowers who provide information leading to the successful criminal prosecution of anyone who committed a criminal act against the municipality, may be substantially rewarded.

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