We want to bring to the attention of our residents that the Municipality has been inundated with cases of theft and vandalism of electrical infrastructure over the past two months and beyond. These unfortunate evil deeds have been happening continuously, wherein critical equipments, such as, pole mounted transformers, miniature substations, street light poles, street light luminaires, cables and conductors, power transformers, pillar boxes, metering kiosks, earthing systems and earth bars on switchgear panels, have been stolen in broad daylight by armed unknown people.
This results in power outages in various areas of Rustenburg. As a consequence, to order equipment, repair and restore power, takes long time, leaving residents and businesses without electricity for long periods of time. This has caused big strain on the already limited resources, which are extremely costly to procure. To mitigate this unfortunate challenge, we have devised the collaborative strategy to work with the South African Police Service (SAPS) and community based structures to report any acts of vandalism and theft.
Once again, we sincerely apologise to our communities for the inconvenience caused. We are positive that we shall together defeat this common enemy.
Issued by the Communications Unit: Rustenburg Local Municipality End.