Electricity vandalism, illegal connections incidents decrease in most city areas

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The City of Cape Town has seen a drop in the number of electricity vandalism and illegal connection incidents in the majority of its regions in the metro. The City thanks residents for playing an active role and for doing their part in assisting us to stop this scourge by keeping a watchful eye over community infrastructure and reporting suspicious activity.

In the 2022/23 financial year, the City earmarked R40 million to help curb and prevent incidents of vandalism and illegal connections.
The City calls on residents and communities to stand with us as we continue to fight against electricity vandalism and illegal connections.

‘Approximately R1 million has been spent on the repairing and replacing of electricity infrastructure in September. These included damaged streetlights, kiosks and other critical electricity infrastructure. While this total remains high, we are making progress in curbing incidents of vandalism and illegal connections. The Wynberg, Parow, Oostenberg, Muizenberg, Mowbray, Helderberg and Atlantis districts have each recorded fewer than five incidents in September.
‘In the coming months, the City will embark on a vandalism awareness and education drive in communities so that residents have a greater understanding of the impact and cost of vandalism in their area and how money spent on fixing vandalised infrastructure could be spent on delivering more and enhanced services,’ – said the City’s Cllr Beverley van Reenen.

Written by: Keenan Williams

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