CENTLEC STATEMENT ON DELIBERATE INTERRUPTION OF PROVISION OF ELECTRICITY ESPECIALLY IN THE AREA OF BOTSHABELO.
For immediate release:
For the past few days we have noted with serious concerns power outages in some parts of MANGAUNG Metropolitan Municipality (MMM) especially in Botshabelo area, and as CENTLEC (SOC) Ltd we wish to put it on record that these power outages are not part of the planned or unplanned outages by CENTLEC (SOC) Ltd.
We have as such noted that there are some criminal elements who are consistently making sure that they disrupt normal provision of electricity to our communities, taking advantage of the current situation of labour dispute between the city (MMM) and labour Union the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU).
We have requested security agencies to be more actively involved and help find those who are damaging our infrastructure, thus making sure that our people are without their basic service Electricity.
We have been reliably informed that there are two sedan vehicles (Blue Golf and White Corolla) that are suspected to be moving around areas of Botshabelo making sure that they deliberately switch off electricity to our communities and this cannot be tolerated.
This information has been communicated to security agencies for follow and track down those vehicles and suspects.
We are seriously warning those criminals to stay away and not tamper with our infrastructure as the consequences for that will mean a jail term to a maximum 7 years, according to the new Criminal Matters Amendment Act of 2015.
The city leadership under our Executive Mayor, Mayor Olly Mlamleli and her team together with CENTLEC has been assured by the labour leadership that maximum disciplined will be maintained during the strike period up and until a solution or agreement is reached.
Hence we are convinced that criminal elements are now involved and taking advantage of the situation.
We wish to thank our communities and our political leadership for their continued support in making sure that we jointly work together to manage the situation.
As CENTLEC we are committed to ensure that we avoid and or minimize any power outages especially during this time of winter and call on our customers to use electricity efficiently as we now in winter tariffs season.
All power related problems and outages must be reported to our 24 hours call Centre 08600 76 937
Statement issued by: CENTLEC (SOC) Ltd Communications and Marketing Unit.
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CENTLEC (SOC) LtdWe have as such noted that there are some criminal elements who are consistently making sure that they disrupt normal provision of electricity to our communities, taking advantage of the current situation of labour dispute between the city ( MMM) and labour Union the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU).