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Mayor hosts summit on Copper Cable Theft

by City of Cape Town
18 Jun 2007
City of Cape Town
City of Cape Town

Although the Western Cape has no copper mines, Wesgro reported that R77 million worth of copper was exported from this region to China last year. In the past 12 months alone, it has cost Cape Town ratepayers R22 million to replace stolen and repair vandalized cables and equipment at substations, sewage pump stations, street lights and on other Council property.


The growth of the illegal trade in copper cable in Cape Town forms part of a larger global phenomenon. Currently, the price per ton of copper hovers around the 1995 high of $3 100.

Syndicates 'employ' individuals to steal copper cable, as well as other non-ferrous metal items such as sheeting, grids, ladders, water meters, taps and manhole covers. These are then melted down and sold to scrap metal merchants.

Power outages caused by copper cable theft, not only inconvenience households, but when businesses and industry are affected it damages the economy.

The City of Cape Town recently set up a 15 member 'cable theft task team' to combat the scourge.

As part of a major offensive against the syndicates, the Mayor of Cape Town has initiated a top-level summit with Business Against Crime, the Cape Chamber of Commerce, and representatives of the scrap metal industry.

DATE: Tuesday, 19 June 2007
TIME: 09:30 for 10:00
VENUE: Council Chamber, 6th Floor, Podium Block, Cape Town Civic Centre, Foreshore

SPEAKERS:
  • Helen Zille, Executive Mayor of Cape Town
  • Dr Annelie Rheede Rabie, Business Against Crime
  • Albert Schuitmaker, Cape Town Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Cllr Pieter van Dalen, City of Cape Town Cable Theft Task Team
  • Rens Bindeman, consultant (who will provide full details of the scope of the problem)

END

MEDIA RELEASE
NO. 222/2007
15 JUNE 2007


ISSUED BY:
DIRECTORATE: COMMUNICATION
CITY OF CAPE TOWN
TEL: 021 400 2201

MEDIA QUERIES:
CLLR PIETER VAN DALEN
CELL: 083 655 2203

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