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City of Joburg’s City Parks department to cut trees interfering with overhead powerlines. Photo: City of Joburg/ Facebook

City of Joburg to remove over 300 trees encroaching overhead powerlines

City of Joburg reports that the removal of the trees stem from an increasing number of power outages in area.

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City of Joburg’s City Parks department to cut trees interfering with overhead powerlines. Photo: City of Joburg/ Facebook

City of Joburg has announced that Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) will be removing 312 trees along the Delta-Orlando 88kV power servitude along the Braamfontein Spruit in the Parkhurst area.

CITY OF JOBURG TO CUT TREES WITH A SPECIFIC HEIGHT

These trees stand between 10 to 15 meters high and are currently encroaching on the 88kV overhead powerlines, resulting in an increasing number of power outages in area, reports City of Joburg.

“Failure to remove these trees will subsequently result in the damage to City Power’s infrastructure such as the substation and transformer alongside private properties.”

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JCPZ CLARIFIES THIS PROGRAMME’S NEED

“Please note that JCPZ does not condone the removal of trees in the city which are protected by strict open space bylaws.
However, this crucial exercise is conducted in the interest of the safety and well-being of residents,” the City of Joburg clarified.

Furthermore, JCPZ values trees as they are vital to the environment and beautifying the city.

“JCPZ wants to assure residents that the maintenance and management of trees in City of Johannesburg is continuously prioritized,” the City of Joburg added.

The project will be executed in two phases. The first phase started on 7 September 2023 and will take place for approximately 3 to 5 weeks.

Residents in affected areas will be kept updated.

JCPZ public notice. Photo: City of Joburg/ Facebook

CITY POWER PROHIBITS DIGGING DURING LOADSHEDDING


Meanwhile, City Power has taken a stance to prohibit any form of digging in areas where there is loadshedding due to tampering and theft of the electricity infrastructure.
This after the power utility noticed a mounting increase in theft and vandalism of the Roodepoort electrical network infrastructure, especially during high stages of loadshedding. This has subsequently led to increased unplanned outages.

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The power utility says theft and vandalism are becoming a vexing point on the side of both the company and customers. “We therefore continue to urge the community to continue being vigilant and adopt a watchdog role. This will assist City Power in curbing or minimising these infrastructural attacks,” the entity said.

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