Electricity box ‘poses a danger for children’

Power Box on 24 May 2021

A resident from Heidedal, Bloemfontein struggles to get the power box outside his residence fixed after reporting it to local electricity provider Centlec multiple times.

Octavius Leeuw, a resident of Dr Belcher Road, says on both of the occasions that an employee from Centlec has come to attend to the matter, they couldn’t come up with a permanent solution.

“What I fear the most is the dangers that the power box poses, should it not be fixed permanently. The children who play on the streets are at risk because they could get hurt,” said Leeuw.

On the night of 23 May 2021, Leeuw heard a loud noise outside his house, which sounded like a crash. Upon investigation, he found that a minibus taxi drove into the electricity box in front of his residence.

“As a result of the incident, we were left without electricity for four days straight, which caused my food and that of my neighbour to get spoiled. I went to Centlec on 24 May to report the issue,” said Leeuw.

Octavius Leeuw.

Leeuw explained that when the Centlec employees came to restore the electricity, they put red tape over the electricity box and promised to come back the same day to fix it properly, but they never showed up.  He said his other frustration is that he found out the taxi driver never reported the incident to the Heidedal Police Station.

Leeu told Bloemfontein Courant that on Monday, 14 June someone from Centlec went to the power box to fix it, but all they did was put a piece of material to cover the cables.

Power Box on 14 June 2021.

Bloemfontein Courant sent detailed questions to Centlec but hasn’t received any comments by the time of publishing the story.


Corn Koteli