Over 16 kms of power cables stolen from Mozambican town in 6 months

11 July 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 11 July – More than 16 kilometers of power cables were stolen from the municipality of Matola, in Maputo province, during the first six months of this year, media reported.

The Noticias newspaper said most of the stolen cables were low tension wires that supplied individual customers, but nearly 4 kilometers of high-tension cables have also ‘disappeared’ resulting in losses of 2.2 million meticais for the Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) power utility.

EDM receives daily complaints of nocturnal cable theft by unidentified persons, who sell the material for scrap leaving whole districts without power.

EDM says the theft occurs with collusion of some of its employees, who justify their efficiency by making power cuts. Despite the utility having an anti-theft unit, robbery of cables continues, says EDM, as there are persons or companies licensed to buy scrap metal, who turn this into tools that are later exported. (macauhub)