Zesa spokesperson Mr Fullard Gwasira said vandalism and theft of electricity infrastructure has become a serious problem in their operations to the level of economic sabotage.
Eskom has lost approximately R1.7 million in the Cape Town since the beginning of the financial year to date. Cable theft hotspots include Inkanini, Zwezwe, Harare, Makhaza and Site B, Joe Slovo in Milnerton, Gugulethu, Nyanga, Philippi West and Weltevreden Valley.
Two men showed up at a Monroeville hospital emergency room in June with severe burn injuries following an attempted copper theft from a Trafford power substation, Westmoreland County Detectives reported.
Copper theft inside a Cullman Electric Cooperative substation on Friday 28th October caused thousands of dollars in damage and resulted in more than 3,000 co-op members being without power for more than an hour.
Co-op members served by the Ebenezer substation in northwest Cullman County were without power for approximately 90 minutes while crews replaced grounding wires that had been stolen overnight.
German and Belgian commuters are learning that even wannabe thieves can have a major impact on train traffic, after services were severely interrupted because someone tried to steal railway cables.
In the failed copper theft 30th October cables were severed, not stolen, but the disruptions still created chaos for travellers on the busy Germany to Belgium via Aachen route.
Bay Roberts RCMP are investigating two copper theft events that occurred four days apart at Newfoundland Power’s substation on Springfield Road in South River.
According to a RCMP release, on both occasions – Oct. 26 and Oct. 29 – Newfoundland Power reported access was gained to the company by cutting the lock on the secured gate.
A total of nine thefts over two months have police urging the public to take note and be aware of suspicious activity. Thieves have been targeting hydro / wind turbine substations to steal copper wiring in Bluewater and Huron East.
Another case of copper theft from live electrical wires at Lake Macquarie has cut power to 1200 premises in the area.
Police are investigating the copper theft after an Ausgrid emergency crew was called to Marks Point just about 6am on Saturday 29th September when a fault was detected.
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