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Energy-saving street lights to combat cable theft

by Staff Reporter
09 Aug 2007
The Athlone Website
The Athlone Website

In a bid to curb the rampant incidence of cable theft, the City of Cape Town is considering the installation of energy-saving street lights.

"The City of Cape Town plans to replace all the 80 watt mercury vapour bulbs currently being used in street lighting, with 70 watt high pressure sodium bulbs," says Charles Kadalie, Manager of Public Lighting in the City.

Currently the City is forced to keep bulbs burning 24 hours a day in order to prevent cables from being stolen.

Kadalie explained that it costs the City R35 000 per incident to replace stolen cables and vandalised equipment.

The constantly burning bulbs will hinder the plundering of substations and power lines.

The installation of the 70 watt bulbs at 180 000 locations will result in a 12% energy-saving across the Metropole.

Areas that are frequently affected by cable theft include: Bonteheuwel, Hanover Park, Gugulethu, Pinelands, Bishops Court, Atlantis, the M5, Mitchells Plain and Vanguard Drive.

To report any suspicious activity around substations and the theft of power lines, contact the Cable Theft Hot Line on 0800 222 771

To report faulty street lights within the City of Cape Town's jurisdiction, call the 24-hour hotline on 0860 125 012

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