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Maintain trees before storms start to reduce outages<ul><li>Tree branches, which encroach on overhead power lines, often lead to power outages and damage to electricity infrastructure when they break or swivel in stormy weather. </li><li>This is often also the reason for prolonged area outages, which can be prevented. </li></ul><p>A clearance of at least 3,8 metres is required between vegetation and power lines. Residents may contact the City for advice on how to safely remove tree branches on private property that pose a risk to City power supply. </p><p>Storms can sometimes contribute to an increase in prolonged power outages, especially where tree branches grow over and into overhead power lines or where fragile trees fall over and damage infrastructure. The recent storm experienced across the metro served as a reminder for all residents about the possibility of such an occurrence taking place.</p><p>The City’s electricity teams have made every effort to minimise electricity outages caused by trees growing alongside overhead power lines by carrying out various tree clearing efforts on City property across the metro, in areas including Newlands, Claremont, Plumstead, Wynberg, Rondebosch, Westridge, Audas Estate, Humanshof, Briza, Goedehoop, Pearl Rise and Helena Heights, Goodwood, Monte Vista and suburbs in the Brackenfell, Kuils River and Kraaifontein areas.</p><p>The department has spent more than R3,4 million to prepare for winter storms. </p><p><strong>Vegetation growing too close to overhead power lines is especially dangerous. </strong></p><p>‘Property owners or those renting a property are urged to do this maintenance work while taking safety precautions and to ensure that there is a required clearance of at least 3,8 metres between vegetation and power lines.</p><p>‘Residents are also reminded that branches, which encroach on streetlights, diminish their efficacy. Clearing vegetation that is already encroaching on overhead lines can be dangerous and property owners are requested to contact the City for advice and to arrange an electricity shutdown to remove branches safely. By working together, we can mitigate the risks and avoid the inconvenience caused to our residents when power lines are struck by trees during a storm,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy and Climate Change, Councillor Phindile Maxiti. </p><p><strong>Contact the City: </strong><br>• Should residents be concerned that there is a risk of trees on City property encroaching on City overhead power lines, they are encouraged to report these cases to the City’s Fault Reporting Centre on 0860 103 089 or <a href=""></a>.<br>• Please note, during inclement weather, service requests increase and this can impact on the time required to fix an outage. The City thanks all residents for their understanding.</p><p>For more information on why you should trim your trees, please visit: <a href=""></a></p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2021-05-17T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#6726a848-c941-4335-a635-298402a30db3;L0|#06726a848-c941-4335-a635-298402a30db3|energy and climate change;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#dfdcb4f5-2ec2-4bd4-9a9f-3086ef5830a7;L0|#0dfdcb4f5-2ec2-4bd4-9a9f-3086ef5830a7|energy;GP0|#81215d15-3400-4d23-aa99-fff3dbe187bf;L0|#081215d15-3400-4d23-aa99-fff3dbe187bf|Winter readiness10

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