Power utility, Centlec, has confirmed that a cable theft attempt was thwarted this weekend.
Spokesperson, Lele Mamatu, says they received a report that an unconfirmed number of suspects were spotted by local police cutting overhead lines in the Bayswater suburb. Mamatu says upon seeing authorities, the suspects fled the scene, leaving the cables behind.
Details surrounding the incident are still sketchy at this stage. Local police are yet to respond to OFM News’ enquiries on the incident.
Meanwhile, Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality’s utility thanked the police for their “swift response” to the attempt, adding that cable theft has contributed to power failure in the Bayswater area of late.
On Friday, Bloemfontein’s northern suburbs faced a black out, after what Mamatu described as “a tripping that occurred in one of our main power supplies in the north”. The Centlec spokesperson said he was aware that power has been out in other parts of the area since Wednesday and plans are in motion to restore the power.
On Sunday, October 21, OFM News reported that power was restored in Bloemfontein’s northern suburbs, which among others include Bayswater, Dan Pienaar and Naval Park after a brief lapse in the power supply. The utility said at the time that the brief outage was caused by a dove that flew into the substation.
Centlec stressed the outages were not linked to the recent strike by employees.
Olebogeng Motse / OFM News