R500,000 mini-substation stolen one day after being installed

Johannesburg’s City Power has appealed to the Fleurhof community in Roodepoort for information after thieves stole a mini-substation worth half a million rand one day after it was installed.

The mini-substation was snatched on Wednesday night outside Fleurhof Secondary School after it replaced a faulty unit on Tuesday.

City Power’s general manager for security risk management, Sergeant Thela, said the utility has opened a case of theft of essential infrastructure with the police and was hopeful that they would crack the case.

“The theft of our infrastructure, including cables, substation doors, fuses, and busbars, has become so brazen, and the perpetrators are heavily armed in some instances,” Thela said.

“We are appealing to the members of the community to assist us and the police in finding the perpetrators.”

City Power said it has also launched an internal investigation into the incident as it believed the suspects might have had the help of insiders, including the contractors.

The mini-substation supplied electricity solely to the school, so it was the only customer impacted by the theft.

“We have been liaising with the school and community to find solutions to protect the infrastructure as the inconvenience affects them,” City Power said.

The service provider has ordered a new mini-substation to be installed at the school, this time in an area where it will be visible to the school’s security.

City Power added it has beefed up security in the Fleurhof area, as it was generally susceptible to cable theft.

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