Wed. Jul 24th, 2019

Rampant cable theft has left these areas without power

Soweto Eskom debtEskom engineers have been working overtime in Gauteng.

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Some parts of Gauteng have been left without power for the most part of the week due to rampant cable theft.

Eskom has been struck with added issues to their growing list of problems after residents from different parts of the province experienced unplanned power outages.

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Why is there no power in some parts of Gauteng?

As reported by EWN, cable theft has been identified as the reason behind all of the power interruptions that have been ongoing for the week.

According to Eskom. these are the three areas that have been affected by cable theft.

Kempton Park

Residents of the city in Ekurhuleni have been plunged into darkness for the most part of the week. While it is believed that the outages were caused by the theft of power cables at the Glen Marais substation, an explosion is what apparently exacerbated the problem.

The Ekurhuleni Municipality has not issued a statement regarding the total cost of damages incurred due to the criminal activity. However, they have assured local residents that the power should be back in most parts of the city by noon, on Friday.

Dobsonville, Soweto

Similarly in Dobsonville, Soweto, residents were forced to get on with the day without electricity. This too was due to cable theft. The issue, as it seems, has since been resolved. However, those responsible for the theft have not been apprehended.

Sandton

The corporate mecca of South Africa, Sandton, too experienced unplanned outages due to criminal activity. The power utility noted that areas like Benmore, Morningside, Parkmore and Sandown had been left without power due to the theft of power cables.

However, engineers were sent to repair the affected substation, and for now, all is good in Sandton.

What is Eskom doing about cable theft?

The power utility has been left powerless against the growing theft of its cables. Without compliance from residents and the police, there is not much that it can do to prevent it.

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