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The City’s Electricity Generation and Distribution Department has focused much attention on ensuring that tree encroachment on overhead power lines is minimised as this is a big cause of electricity outages, especially when the stormy weather hits. Read more below:

The City’s Electricity Generation and Distribution Department has been making every effort to minimise electricity outages caused by tree encroachment on overhead power lines, particularly during adverse weather conditions.

As part of ongoing maintenance and in preparation for winter, approximately R15 million has been spent on various efforts across the city. This includes the trimming of trees in various areas, including the Wynberg, Muizenberg, Mowbray, Parow, Helderberg, Bloemhof and Oostenberg depot distribution areas, where tree encroachment on overhead power lines is common.

Work has also been done to address the problem of open pole top boxes to prevent water ingress which also contributes to outages in winter, in various areas, including the Gugulethu and Mitchells Plain depot distribution areas.

Further efforts also include general maintenance of power lines and converting overhead power lines to underground power lines where necessary.

‘Much of the infrastructure maintenance work is done in the summer months to ensure that infrastructure is in good condition to meet the winter peak usage demand under normal circumstances.

‘All generation units at the Steenbras Dam are also available for use during the winter season following an extensive maintenance period over the summer months. All these efforts are made to avoid possible inconvenience to our residents during stormy weather.

‘Furthermore, the City encourages property owners to maintain their trees and vegetation in such a way that it does not encroach on overhead lines to avoid possible inconvenience during stormy weather. However, should there be any doubt that there would be risk of contact with overhead lines, residents are encouraged to report vegetation encroaching on City overhead lines to the City of Cape Town’s Fault Reporting Centre on 0860103089 or FaultReporting.Centre@capetown.gov.za,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy and Climate Change, Councillor Phindile Maxiti.

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