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Vandalism, attacks on City staff impact service to residents<p>​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. Contractors are also becoming increasingly reluctant to tender for work in some parts of the metro due to the safety concerns. 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.</p><p>Hotspot areas are being monitored where resources allow. We encourage residents to report incidents to the South African Police Service, because enforcement responses cannot be activated if the law enforcers are not aware that a problem exists.</p><p>The City’s Electricity Generation and Distribution Department has spent R 4,6 million between July 2020 and December 2020 to replace and repair damaged and stolen infrastructure in Area South, which has been severely affected. Area South includes Phillippi, Mitchells Plain, Muizenberg, and Wynberg.</p><p>‘We cannot allow the vandalism and damage of our electrical infrastructure to continue, as this not only negatively impacts our residents, but also the public purse. Money that can be spent on other projects to improve the lives of residents has to be redirected to fix what is being destroyed. We appeal to members of the public to make a difference and assist the City by reporting any suspicious activities near electricity infrastructure.</p><p>‘City management continues to look at the situation on a daily basis and is investigating any further possible options, such as the deployment of enhanced security escorts that are in action already. However, the safety of City staff and contractors that are servicing our communities remains a top priority. Electricity services will not be rendered to some areas until it is deemed safe enough to do so and if law enforcement or security escorts are available,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy and Climate Change, Councillor Phindile Maxiti.</p><p>The South African Police Service remains the lead authority in crime prevention.</p><p>Please note: Due to COVID-19, there are times when the regulations as well as COVID-19 positive staff cases will affect the operations of the Electricity Generation and Distribution Department.</p><p><strong>Report damage to municipal electrical infrastructure:</strong><br>SMS: 31220<br>Email: <a href=""></a></p><p><strong>Anonymous tip-offs welcomed:</strong><br>Residents can give anonymous tip offs if they are aware of illegal activity, such as illegal connections or unlawful occupations, 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></p><p>End</p>2021-01-20T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#dfdcb4f5-2ec2-4bd4-9a9f-3086ef5830a7;L0|#0dfdcb4f5-2ec2-4bd4-9a9f-3086ef5830a7|energy;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#fc0a19bf-6a9b-42af-bc90-8a0d4b9f4eac;L0|#0fc0a19bf-6a9b-42af-bc90-8a0d4b9f4eac|vandalism;GP0|#c4b99c75-833b-4ea6-b516-9f71e1a54ce3;L0|#0c4b99c75-833b-4ea6-b516-9f71e1a54ce3|electricity service10


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