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18 March 2022

Rustenburg – Business owners blocked off the road on the corner of Molen and Joubert street on Friday 11 March. They protested about a power outage in the area since 8 March. 


“Since the electricity went out, we’ve had at least two attempted break-ins at our shop. We are losing money and our pleas are falling on deaf ears, so we are taking a stand,” AR & H Springs co-owner Anje Dreyer told Platinum Weekly.


The protest was eventually disbanded and traffic in the area started flowing again.


Crime is a big concern with the power outages in the area, as other companies also had to sharpen the security to adapt to the dark. Initially, the Rustenburg Local Municipality (RLM)’s electrical team said that the power was cut off due to non-payment. However, after a follow-up by Democratic Alliance ward 18 councillor Cobus Nortje, it was established that this was not the case.


The team then once again came out and established that the mini substations was vandalised and the whole minisub needed to be replaced. After almost a week without electricity, the power was eventually restored on 14 March.


According to RLM communications manager Thapelo Matebesi, electrical engineers attribute frequent power outages to theft and vandalism of infrastructure, tripping of the system, fault on the feeder and explosions of the mini substations. 

Business owners blocked off the road.

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