09 FEBRUARY 2023
STERN WARNING TO CONTRACTORS AND PROPERTY OWNERS DAMAGING UNDERGROUND POWER CABLES
The city is concerned by an increased number of power outages recently. This is caused by contractors and property owners who when excavating disregard signs of underground cables. This usually plunges thousands of residents into darkness.
The majority of power outages recorded recently are due to this unlawful conduct.
The city hereby urges consumers, contractors and property owners who wish to excavate to follow the proper procedure. They should do this by visiting the municipal offices to get a GIS record of the location of the infrastructure that is beneath the ground.
Those found to have damaged electrical cables will be fined and be charged the full cost of electrical repairs.
Damage to underground cables do not only leave residents into darkness, but can cause fatal or severe injury by electric shock and explosion.
Issued by eThekwini Municipality