Petty but so costly

Petty criminals have apparently managed to bring large areas in the south of Durban to halt by stealing the bolts that secured a power pylon to the ground. According to today’s Mercury (July 23, 2008), the pylon fell down and disrupted the electricity supply to a large area. Among the industries affected were Toyota at Prospecton, who have had to shut down their plant until next Monday, most likely.

The municipality warned that residents might be without power for as long as week and that it could cost R2-million to re-erect the tower temporarily. Millions and millions of rands in damage and all for some bolts which may be worth R200. The municipality electricity department says they are continually being plagued by metal thefts including copper wire.

I think we need to shoot a scrap metal merchant.

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