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Cable theft stalls newly opened Gautrain

A section of South Africa’s Gautrain is not in operation this morning after thieves stole copper cable on the line.

The full system linking the capital city of Pretoria with the economic hub of Johannesburg only opened last Tuesday, which includes this morning’s affected section of the route between Hatfield and Centurion.

In an earlier interview with NCE (NCE 2 June), Gautrain delivery partner Bombela’s project director, Ian Thoms said copper theft was ‘one of the biggest single things to ruin the railway.’

“Already there has been theft by people in the workforce, which hasn’t been a major amount, but if they keep stealing it, the earthing system becomes unsafe,” he said.

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