“With a 10 to 15 year lifespan, the LED units will save City Power significant maintenance hours that can be redirected to upgrading the network and dealing with outages and cable theft.
“However, the energy, funds and working hours that will be saved through the project will only be beneficial if communities help ensure vandals and cable thieves stay far away from the new LED units.”
Theft and vandalism of street lights and other City Power infrastructure remains rife in spite of efforts by City Power, the Joburg metro police department and SAPS. Joburg residents are encouraged to promptly report damaged electrical infrastructure or suspicious behaviour in their communities.
Sun emphasised the city needed evidence to open cases against cable thieves. He said the entity needed help from the community with information on cable theft to ensure jail time for stealing and destroying infrastructure.
“City Power has several hotlines and a WhatsApp number where residents can call the alarm on cable theft”
A cable thief was sentenced to 12 years in prison last month for stealing City Power cabling in Honeydew in September last year.
“The conviction was only possible through community involvement after residents reported the incident to City Power.”
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