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Joburg’s City Power receives R9m security reinforcement to combat cable theft



City Power in Johannesburg has received a R9-million funding boost to address the issue of cable theft. The company plans to replace underground cables with overhead lines as part of the new security measures as reported by Creamer Media’s Engineering News.

The project is set to begin in a few weeks, and a tender has already been issued. In the meantime, City Power intends to remove shrubs in areas where cables run to ensure increased visibility and repair vandalised streetlights.

Load shedding and other challenges have made underground copper cables vulnerable to theft. City Power CEO Tshifularo Mashava has urged customers to continue paying for electricity services to support maintenance and planned projects.

A power station explosion over the weekend left Roodepoort residents without electricity, believed to be caused by vandalism.

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