Copper thieves loot Telecom Namibia cables

21 Feb 2018 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 21 FEB (NAMPA) – A total of 1 500 Telecom Namibia (TN) clients in and around the Cimbebasia area in Windhoek were on Monday left without voice and data services after thieves looted underground copper cables by cutting and fleeing with them.
A media statement by TN’s Head for Corporate Communication and Public Relations, Oiva Angula, stated on Wednesday that the cables stolen were 1 900 pairs in all.
Angula said some copper cables were stolen opposite the corner of Michelle McLean and Cobalt streets, affecting three street distribution cabinets (SDCs) located in Copper and Nickel streets, as well as the Shilunga SDC.
“Our technicians are racing against the clock to have the cables repaired today. We sincerely apologise to all affected customers for the inconvenience caused,” Angula said.
He called on members of the public to come forth with information on the theft.
“Telecom Namibia offers a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of cable thieves and is working with police to increase patrols and the use of security services,” he said.
Angula noted that cable theft in the area is endemic and causes a lot of anger and frustration for business and residential customers.
The incident on Monday is the second of its kind in Cimbebasia this year.
In January, cables were uprooted at the corner of Mataman and Arimas streets.
The thieves at the time broke the locks of two manholes to gain access to the cables, and the theft affected between 500 and 800 business and residential customers.