As issued by the Knysna Municipality…
On Monday night (1 September), ten spans of copper conductors (total approximately 2000m) at Trails End were stolen in Sedgefield. The municipality replaced the conductors with aluminum and managed to restore
the power by 19h30 on Tuesday night. The incident was reported to South African Police Services (SAPS) and they are investigating.
Knysna’s Mayor said, “Copper theft results in damage to power infrastructure and impacts the town negatively as it affects community members, businesses and can lead to negative perceptions among potential investors. Furthermore it is a huge waste of ratepayers’ money. In addition to the disruptions to the supply of electricity, the money that is wasted on replacing stolen copper could be better used to extend services to residents who do not have electricity yet.
The municipality considers copper theft as a serious crime which has potential to negatively impact our economic growth of the town. We cannot fight this alone, crime in our community can only be resolved by working together. I urge all residents to work with us in protecting our valuable infrastructure. Residents are our eyes and ears on the ground, we have to work together. Please report any suspicious activities to the police or the municipality. We cannot let such crimes continue in our community, it must come to an end.”
Incidents and or suspicious activities can be reported to 044 302 6391/6399 during office hours and to 044 302 8911 after hours. Your cooperation is valued.