The failure of Kempton Park’s Department of Energy employees to lock the doors of power boxes after having worked on power infrastructure is a serious cause for concern.
Several residents have contacted the FF Plus and asked the party to do something about it.
Many of these power boxes are located on sidewalks in front of houses, so, they pose a danger to passers-by, especially children.
It is also an open invitation to cable thieves to loot the power boxes.
The FF Plus has repeatedly requested the department head, Tshilidzi Thenga, to address the problem and ensure that the power boxes are always locked.
Despite promises and undertakings to take decisive action, very little progress has been made. This causes the FF Plus to wonder whether residents’ safety truly is a priority for the Department.
The FF Plus made the following suggestions to resolve the problem:
• Deploy repair teams to residential areas to secure and seal all open power boxes.
• Conduct a safety audit to identify and address all potential safety risks.
• Establish a culture of commitment to ensuring that a work site is safe after completing a task in the Department.
The safety of Kempton Park residents should always be top priority.
The FF Plus will keep putting pressure on the Department to see to it that power boxes are always locked.