Tshwane invests to curb power outages

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The Tshwane metro has invested million in the bid to end the scourge of power outages in the city.

Mayor Solly Msimanga will announce the R125 million investment in new power-station infrastructure in the budget speech during a special Council sitting on Thursday, 18 May.

Msimanga this week announced that Lotus Gardens would get a new sub-station.

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He said the proposed 2017/18 budget provided for several new power substations in the new financial year, which would begin in July.

Construction or improvements to several substations started in the past financial year, and would be completed in the next.

The budget makes the following disbursements for substations:

– Mamelodi and Eldoraigne have each been allocated R5 million,

– Soshanguve gets two totaling R45 million,

– An upgrade of Monavoni has been budgeted R40 million for,

– Bronkhorstspruit allocated R20 million and,

– Kentron has been allocated R25 million.

Capacity limitation and cable theft have recently wreaked havoc in the north of Pretoria resulting in numerous power outages.

At the end of last month, Soshanguve sections, K, M, H and F were plunged into darkness following an substation explosion which the metro blamed on a cable theft attempt.

Member of the mayoral committee for services and infrastructure Darryl Moss said many power outages in Pretoria were a result of cable theft.

“We have an ongoing battle to curb this scourge.

“Last week, five metro staffers were arrested in city bakkie full of stolen cable.

“The specialised cable theft unit is having some success with a number of arrests and a number of attempted thefts thwarted.”

“The city is also looking at a number of technology solutions such as beams, alarms, rapid response actions, while we are also replacing copper cable with aluminium, where feasible.”

Moss said cables for all new building projects would be encased in concrete to prevent cable theft.

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