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RE- CABLE THIEVES BLACKOUT LARGE PARTS OF DURBAN
Cable thieves struck again on Saturday evening,  23 October 2010, leaving widespread areas without power until the early hours of Sunday morning. The theft resulted in a fire that damaged the 132kV outgoing cables and many of the medium voltage cables which share the culvert running over the railway line in Joseph Nduli (Russell) Street. The fire was extinguished by the Municipality’s Fire Department before emergency teams could get into the culvert to diagnose the fault.
 
In addition to damaging power cables, the thieves cut critical communication cables which disabled primary protection elements and caused quality of supply problems on the 132kV network impacting on critical supplies as far afield as the South Durban Industrial basin.
 
The Municipality’s electricity faults teams responded immediately and supply was restored to most of the affected areas by 22h00 on Saturday. However, customers fed from Johannes Nkosi (Alice) Street substation were without power until 03:00 on Sunday morning.
A full analysis of the fault is currently being undertaken, but it is evident that copper thieves are responsible for the ensuing damage that is estimated at millions of Rands. Forensic investigators are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the theft.
 
The eThekwini Municipality apologises to its customers for the inconvenience caused during this outage and urges ALL customers to be vigilant and report suspicious activities around Council owned infrastructure.
Electrical Infrastructure theft can be reported on the quick response number, 031 311 9611.
 
 
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Unit. For more information contact Thabo Mofokeng on 031 311 4820 or 0827317456 or e-mail mofokengthabo@durban.gov.za or Sindy Mtolo on 031 311 4802 or email mtolos@durban.gov.za
 
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