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City Power to move cables overhead



Johannesburg’s City Power has announced its plans to address the issue of faulty underground power cables in Alexandra by removing them and installing overhead cables instead as reported by Eyewitness News.

The decision was prompted by the demolition of two houses in the township that were built on top of faulty electric cable lines, which resulted in a safety hazard and lengthy service delivery delays.

The City Power spokesperson, Isaac Mangena, emphasized the importance of the move due to the critical municipal infrastructure present in the area and the potential danger to residents.

Mangena cited an instance where a fault was found in a resident’s bedroom, which required the person to be woken up, their bed moved, and repairs conducted, causing significant inconvenience.

This underscores the seriousness of the problem, and City Power is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of its residents.


City Power spokesperson Isaac Mangena explained that many other houses in Alexandra and other areas in Johannesburg were built on top of critical municipal infrastructure.

When repairs need to be completed, it can cause lengthy service delivery delays and create dangerous situations. In some cases, repairs have even been necessary to fix electrical faults that were discovered in someone’s bedroom. The plan to remove underground cables and install overhead cables will help to reduce safety hazards and improve the efficiency of the city’s power supply.

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