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The City’s Electricity Services Department has been battling to restore street lighting along Jakes Gerwel Drive, following damage caused by protestors. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s efforts to restore street lighting along a section of Jakes Gerwel Drive have once more been hamstrung by thieves.

Earlier this year, the section of Jakes Gerwel Drive between Highlands Drive and the R300 was left in darkness after protestors destroyed the electricity control box in the area.

The City’s Electricity Services Department attempted to restore the electricity by relaying supply from an alternative box in April, but this was short-lived and the power was cut once more.

The Department was eventually able to replace the control box towards the end of June, but a few weeks later thieves have struck again – this time stealing the cables. The cost of the damage and resultant repairs have been tallied at nearly R20 000.

‘We receive ongoing complaints from residents who are justifiably concerned for their safety in the area and it really is disheartening to find yourself back to square one when you’ve just managed to fix the problem,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, Alderman Ernest Sonnenberg.

The Electricity Services Department is currently considering ways to prevent theft and vandalism of infrastructure in the future so that the City can keep the lights on in this area and other areas affected by cable theft and vandalism.

Between July and December 2015, the Electricity Services Department reported just over R9 million rand in losses as a result of stolen or vandalised equipment.

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