Cable theft compromises emergency services

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The theft of cables from towers in Trompsburg in the southern Free State has compromised the work of emergency personnel over the long weekend. The loss of cables caused an interruption in commination as cell phone towers were affected.

According to FS Health spokesperson, Mondli Mvambi, this negatively affected both emergency and routine communication between personnel.

“Cable thieves have stolen cables of cell phone towers thus also affecting the Push to Talk Radio System that is used to communicate by EMS in the event of emergencies and during day to day operations,” he said.

Mvambi explained that landline phones at Albert Nzula Hospital and SAPS will be the only means of communication until there can be replacement of stolen cables. –

Nomaqhawe Mtebele

nomaqhawe@mahareng.co.za