The Polokwane Municipality in the Capricorn District has issued a notice to their residents that they are struggling with cable theft. In the process, the municipality struggles with the manpower and materials required to restore power on time.
The latest incidents left several customers without supply for an extended period in the City and the Seshego. The Seshego area also has more cases reported on a daily basis. Particular, Zone 4, Zone 8, Zone 5, Luthuli Park and Extension 75.
CABLE THEFT CRISIS
“This is to notify the community that Polokwane Municipality is experiencing unprecedentedly high cases of cable theft on a daily basis and is not coping with the situation resulting in delayed restoration of power to affected areas,” said the municipality.
“Whilst the municipality is attending to these cases, the affected customers are urged to exercise patience. There are more households that need to be restored. Cable theft affects residents and businesses negatively as it results in them having no electricity supply for days and even weeks.
“The municipality is, therefore, urging all to be vigilant over their service infrastructure by reporting suspicious activities. The municipality’s community services are busy with patrols in the hot spots. But cannot be everywhere at the same time,” they said.
“In the meantime, all electrical wiring in the affected areas should be considered to be live to avoid injury. All electrical appliances be switched off to avoid damage when the electricity supply is restored.
“Residents are urged to report cable theft to theft to the municipality at 015 290 2458. Also Police’s 24-hour Crime Stop number at 08600 10111 or to Eskom crime lime at 0800 11 27 22,”
“The municipality apologises for the inconvenience caused. We will do everything possible to ensure electricity is restored to all affected customers. Also Municipal Call Centre: 015 290 2000 / 2458 / 015 023 5000 | Electrical Helpline: 015 290 2490 / WhatsApp: 083 824 9886.”