Covid-19 has changed our lives.
Worst of all, copper cable thieves and vandals are using the cover of the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown to target our infrastructure.
It also places strain on the communities that we serve. Not being able to contact essential services such as the South African Police Service, municipality and hospitals, means people are forced to leave their homes and travel to get support.
From power cuts to network downtime, cable theft knocks out traffic lights, delays trains, plunges whole neighbourhoods into darkness, and cuts off critical communications.
The dangers of cable theft include the exposed damaged cables and, in some cases, when the neutral supply cable is affected by the theft, there are voltage fluctuations that affect the supply to customers exceeding the normal operating voltages, destroying equipment and appliances.
As lockdown continues and people cannot go to work, cable theft is increasing.