A botched attempt to steal electricity cables left Meer-en-Bosch, Flamingo Bay and Sandown Bay residents in the dark on Tuesday evening, 16 May and most part of Wednesday, 17 May.
The Municipality's Electricity Department worked tirelessly to re-instate the power after the issue was logged.
Vandalism of electrical infrastructure and cables theft, including meter tampering, bypassing and illegal connections, have a serious impact on the municipality’s budget for service delivery – particularly the electrification of areas that do not have access to it.
“It is money thrown down the drain - instead of taking the services to informal settlements where it is needed the most, and improving on the current electrical infrastructure, the municipality spends huge amounts of money and man-hours on overtime attempting to replace stolen cables across the Overstrand,” explained Stephen Müller, Director of Infrastructure and Planning.
Unplanned power cuts is not just a great inconvenience to our residents, but have a huge ripple effect across many areas of society as power outages causes production down-time, traffic congestion, household inconvenience and appliance damage.
Electricity theft is not only a financial risk to the Municipality but also a safety risk to the public. It could even result in serious injury or even death.
“We continue to encourage the community to assist us with dealing with these issues by reporting these incidents to the police,” Müller added.
Community members are also urged to report any occurrences of illegal connections, or vandalism to street lights and electrical boxes, to the Overstrand control room on 028 313 8000/8111. For day-to-day law enforcement complaints, phone 028 313 8980.