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City trims down trees to help keep lights on

As part of ongoing maintenance and in preparation for winter, approximately R15m was spent across the city.

This includes the trimming of trees in various areas, including the Wynberg, Muizenberg, Mowbray, Parow, Helderberg, Bloemhof and Oostenberg depot distribution areas, where tree encroachment on overhead power lines is common.

The City’s electricity generation and distribution department focused on ensuring that tree encroachment on overhead power lines is minimised as this is a big cause of electricity outages, especially when the stormy weather hits. Work has also been done to address the problem of open pole top boxes to prevent water ingress which also contributes to outages in winter in various areas including the Gugulethu and Mitchell’s Plain depot distribution areas.

Further efforts also include general maintenance of power lines and converting overhead power lines to underground power lines where necessary.

Mayco member for energy and climate change, Phindile Maxiti says: “Much of the infrastructure maintenance work is done in the summer months to ensure that infrastructure is in good condition to meet the winter peak usage demand under normal circumstances. All generation units at the Steenbras Dam are also available for use during the winter season following an extensive maintenance period over the summer months.”

This is to avoid possible inconvenience to residents during stormy weather. “The City encourages property owners to maintain their trees and vegetation,” Maxiti says. V To report overhead encroachment call 0860103089 or send an email to FaultReporting.Centre@capetown.gov.za.

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