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A main fibre line has been damaged by vandals during ESKOM Loadshedding this morning (02h00 – 14h30). The fibre line is vital to the Electro-technical communications network. The damaged line will affect the switching ON and OFF of streetlights in a large portion of GEORGE / THEMBALETHU AND PACALTSDORP.

The estimated time of repair for the fibre line could be up to 48 hours. The technical team will however be able to send Manual Signals to the affected substations until the repairs have been completed. PLEASE note this means that the switching on and off of streetlights will be delayed by up to an hour either way.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused and again remind our residents that George Municipality will pay a reward of R2500 to any person who offers information on vandalism and theft incidents, and which information leads to the successful conviction of the perpetrator in a court of law.

The paying of a reward is legal in terms of the MFMA (Municipal Finance Management Act) and is seen as a necessary step to combat the expenditure on the repair of vandalized and stolen infrastructure. These assets are managed by the municipality on behalf of the public and it is George Municipality’s request to all of our residents to assist us in looking after and protecting these assets.

The public can contact the Anti-fraud toll free number 0860 044 044 or report vandalism and theft verbally, by email or to any of the municipal or SAPS telephone numbers. The member of public reporting will have to supply their name and contact details as their testimony may be required for the successful conviction of the perpetrators. The identity of those providing assistance will be protected.

George Municipality calls on the community to please assist us in eradicating theft and vandalism, to allow the municipality to improve service delivery levels and continue to improve the quality of peoples lives.

Issued George MUN