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Strandfontein Road severely impacted by streetlight theft <p>​The estimated damage to electrical infrastructure for this section is approximately R600 000. Residents may give anonymous tip-offs to the SAPS or to the City.<br> <br><strong>How did they do it without being spotted? </strong><br>Damage to City streetlight infrastructure in Strandfontein Road has been one of the City’s most severe cases of streetlight luminaire theft and damage in recent months. These criminal acts appear to be well organised, with more than 100 individual street lights damaged along this stretch in a short period. The poles are more than 11 meters high. <br> <br>The City’s Area South is the most severely affected and includes Philippi, Mitchells Plain, Muizenberg, and Wynberg. The City’s Electricity Generation and Distribution Department has spent R4,6 million between July 2020 and December 2020 to replace and repair damaged and stolen infrastructure in Area South, which has been severely affected. <br> <br><strong>Help us keep the lights on</strong><br>‘The theft and damage to streetlight infrastructure on the Strandfontein Road has been one of the worst cases in recent months. We appeal to residents to come forward and help the City bring an end to this extreme theft and damage. The scourge of vandalism impacts our residents and we cannot allow this to continue. We cannot afford to replace this infrastructure constantly and it is paid for by the customers through the tariffs. Just this incident will cost the City R600 000 to repair. We have also spent considerable resources in trying to keep the lights on along Jakes Gerwel Drive, which is also a hotspot for illegal connections and vandalism and attacks against our staff and contractors. <br>  <br>‘In recent months, the City has seen a significant increase in vandalism and damage to its electrical infrastructure in some areas, and attacks on City staff and contractors continue. Although the City remains utterly committed to service delivery, the safety of our staff and contractors that are servicing our communities through basic service provision remains of utmost consideration. The City will continue to conduct patrols in as many of the hotspot areas around the metropole as our resources allow,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy and Climate Change, Councillor Phindile Maxiti. <br>  <br><strong>R5 000 reward offered </strong><br>The City offers a reward of R5 000 to anyone who provides information that leads to arrest, confiscation of stolen or illegal goods or the handing-in of illegal or stolen goods. This reward is also applicable to information leading to the arrest of people vandalising, damaging or stealing electricity infrastructure or installing illegal connections. Tampering, theft and vandalism of essential electricity infrastructure, is seen as a priority crime, and as per Section 2 of the Criminal Matters Amendment Act (Act 18 0f 2015), imprisonment not exceeding 30 years and fines not exceeding R100 million is possible, when found guilty. Electricity theft is often driven by well-oiled criminal syndicates, which operate across communities. <br> <br><strong>Report damage to municipal electrical infrastructure:</strong><br><strong>SMS:</strong> 31220<br><strong>Email:</strong> <a href=""></a> <br> <br><strong>Anonymous tip-offs welcomed:</strong><br>Residents can give anonymous tip offs if they are aware of illegal activity, such as illegal connections that are taking place; that has happened or is still to happen. Please call 112 from a cell phone (toll free) and 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 for emergencies<br> <br> <br><strong>End</strong></p>2021-02-13T22:00:00ZGP0|#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|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb10

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