The recent incident which saw a local man trying to commit suicide by climbing onto a power tower at that Caleb Motshabi Power Station in the city’s Phase 6 Township, has raised safety concerns regarding accessibility of power towers in our community.
Centlec spokesperson, Lele Mamatu, said that the safety of residents is still of great concern, even though they have put up warning signs. “We have put up signages that warn people about touching or being near any of our electrical poles. Even with the location of these poles, we always make sure that they are far from the community ensuring that it is difficult for people to access it,” said Mamatu. He added that they are constantly engaging with the community through media to ensure that they are informed about the dangers of electric poles and being near them. However, he is aware that often these warnings are ignored. “People have also been using the green boxes, situated in various streets, to put up signs and advertisements, which is illegal. We also had an incident that happened recently in Heidedal, where one person was electrocuted between the time of midnight and one am under very mysterious circumstances. When we investigated, we found that the people were using these boxes to do certain mysterious acts, which led to this incident occurring,” he said.
Mamatu added that Centlec is aware they need to up their information campaign to reach more members of the community. “We have to consider stepping up our communication, especially awareness around that because they are all over our cities. And also penalise those that are doing this deliberately, for example, we had a resident in the area of Vista Park come to us claiming that a certain church is putting up their posters advertising their events on to these boxes, and once their event has taken place, they do not remove them. That is illegal, because anything can happen when a person is trying to put them up. In fact, we do not recommend that people use them for marketing, so we have to continuously re-educate people,” he said.
Mamatu concluded that they are also aware of the fact that not all residents understand the languages used on the various signs, looking at exploring other avenues regarding getting their message across. – Seithati Semenokane