ETHEKWINI NEWSFLASH
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
21 SEPTEMBER 2017
 
Residents Urged not to Build Houses Under Electricity Lines
 
The city is warning residents not to build under power lines due to high risk of electrocution.
 
According to the City’s Acting Head of Electricity Unit Maxwell Mthembu, people living under the lines are in danger of being electrocuted should the cables fall and land on homes. Strong winds can also increase the chances of line breaks.
 
EThekwini Municipality will embark on an education campaign to educate people about dangers of building houses under power lines.
 
“Those who build houses directly under power lines are not only breaking the law, but they are putting themselves at serious risk, as these lines carry power of a very high voltage,” he said.
 
Mthembu said if a power line falls onto a corrugated roof, the roof becomes live.
 
In the event of natural disasters such as lightning, storms and strong winds, the chances of lines breaking are increased, thereby increasing the risk of injury. Therefore, the City strongly appeals to the residents to refrain from building houses underneath power lines.
 
Officials will be visiting various communities to engage with public on the dangers of building under the power lines and illegal electricity connections.
 
ENDS.
 
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Head, Tozi Mthethwa
 
For more information, contact Gugu Mdlalose on 031 311 4807, gugu.mdlalose@durban.gov.za.
 
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