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Scrap Metal Theft Costs Drakenstein Municipality Millions Annually

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Scrap Metal Theft Costs Drakenstein Municipality Millions Annually

Drakenstein Municipality: In just one month, Drakenstein Municipality suffered significant losses due to scrap metal theft, with stolen infrastructure exceeding half a million rand in value during August. This surge in theft, a trend seen over the past year, poses a substantial financial burden on the municipality.

Scrap Metal Theft Costs Drakenstein Municipality Millions Annually

Targeted Infrastructure

The thefts primarily target municipal properties and essential infrastructure, including manhole covers, faucets, cables, copper pipes, and road signs. The municipality grapples with daily disappearances of these crucial components.

Collaborative Efforts to Combat Theft

Gerald Esau, Director of Community Services at the municipality, revealed ongoing efforts to combat cable theft. Multi-disciplinary team meetings are frequently organized to address this issue, involving various stakeholders such as the South African Police Service, the Non-Ferrous Metals Unit, PRASA (rail authority), Transnet, and local security firms. These collaborative efforts have led to several arrests, thanks in part to community support.

Technology and Vigilance

To deter theft and safeguard assets, technology is employed to monitor high-risk areas during operational hours. Additionally, the municipality’s law enforcement division conducts regular patrols at municipal sites, sewerage plants, and buildings. These patrols, often based on community tips, also occur during Eskom load shedding periods.

Reported Incidents and Public Support

Cable theft remains a persistent issue, with 118 reported cases from January to October 2023. The municipality encourages the public to report cable theft incidents at all hours by contacting 021 807 8508. Public vigilance and cooperation are crucial in the ongoing battle against scrap metal theft.

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Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

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Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

Until 05:00 on Tuesday, stage 4 loadshedding will continue. Until further notice, Stage 2 and 4 loadshedding will take place.

Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

Monday, 10 July 2023: Stage 4 loadshedding is being implemented until 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday due to increased demand. On Wednesday, Stage 4 loadshedding will be implemented from 14:00 until 05:00, followed by Stage 2 loadshedding from 05:00 to 14:00.

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There will be a daily implementation of this pattern until further notice. A new update will be published if any significant changes are made.

As of now, 14 252MW of generating capacity has been damaged by breakdowns, while 4 118MW of generating capacity has been out of service for planned maintenance.

As of today, Duvha, Hendrina, Kendal, Kriel, Matimba and Medupi power stations have each reactivated a generating unit.

The Arnot and Tutuka power stations each had a generation unit out of service due to a breakdown during the same period.

Tutuka Power Station’s current capacity constraints are due to the delay in resuming two generating units. In order to restore service to the generating units, Eskom teams are working around the clock.

Members of the public are being encouraged to use electricity sparingly and efficiently, and we want to thank the people who do heed the call. During the period between 17:00 and 21:00, please turn off your geysers and pool pumps as this reduces demand, alleviates pressure on the power system, and contributes to fewer stages of load-shedding.

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