Nored warns against vandalising of electricity lines

02 Mar 2017 14:40pm
ONGWEDIVA, 02 MAR (NAMPA) – People who throw objects such as wires on power lines are causing power outages in the Northern Regional Electricity Distributor’s (Nored) area of operation.
The company’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Herman Ngasia told Nampa on Thursday this has become a problem in the Zambezi, Kavango East, Kavango West, Ohangwena, Oshana and Omusati regions, as well as parts of Kunene and Oshikoto, especially over the past few months.
“It is difficult for our electricians to detect where such objects are, especially at night,” Ngasia stated.
He then appealed to those who make themselves guilty of such acts to refrain from it and at the same time called upon the public to inform the nearest Nored office when they see objects on the lines so it can be removed to ensure continuity in the electricity supply.
People can also contact regional councillors.
Ngasia also cautioned that people who throw objects on the power lines are at risk of injury themselves.
The company has noted that mostly children commit these acts and thus called on parents to keep a closer eye on their children and warn them against the habit.
“We will continue educating the public on the dangers of these practices through our community meetings,” the Nored PRO said.
Ngasia said the stealing of copper wire from their stations is another matter of concern and appealed to people who buy such wire to ensure that they are not buying stolen goods as they could end up on the wrong side of the law.
“The company will no longer tolerate these activities, control measures will be put in place and those taking chances will have to face the consequences,” he said.
There was a power outage in the Omusati Region from Sunday night until Monday after thieves vandalised two power sub-stations of Nored and NamPower at Outapi to steal copper wire.