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A real drain on resources

A real drain on resources

17 Oct 2017 Tags: urban management

 THE CCID’s Urban Management team are putting out a plea for members of the public to be aware of, and report, the theft of drain covers. Apart from the risk this poses to pedestrians, the cost of replacing these drain covers is hitting the pockets of City taxpayers hard.

According to a recent article which appeared in The Times (“Metal theft flushes cash down drain,” Nashira Davids, 5 October), City of Cape Town Law Enforcement inspector Wayne Dyason says that: “Over the past two years, more than R40 million has been lost due to the theft of manhole covers, fire hydrants and water metres.”

According to Richard Beesley, manager of CCID Urban Management, the biggest problem in the Central City is theft of what is known as “12x12 and 9x9 metal drain covers, which cover the outlet channels that run under the pavements and re-route water from gutter downpipes. These are much smaller and lighter than the large stormwater drains and manhole covers found in the streets and, as such, are much easier to remove, but are still more than big enough to accidently step into.”

CCID precinct manager Carlisle Marankey notes that, apart from the danger which the theft poses to pedestrians, the consequences for the thief can be dire, resulting in the culprit being charged with possession of stolen property or malicious damage of property: “We are currently seeing around 10 per week being stolen off our streets, and ask the public to keep an eye out and report it if they spot it happening.

“Any incident can be phoned through to our 24-hour control centre, 082 415 7127, or brought to the attention of one of our CCID public safety officers.”

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Images courtesy of CCID Urban Management department.