Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority subsidiary ZESA Enterprises (ZENT) has revealed plans to install cameras and tracking devices on transformers to curb theft and vandalism.
ZENT acting managing director Mr Burutsa Mandipezano explained how this new modus operandi will work. He said:
We want to support Government by ensuring that every transformer in the country will have a tracking chip that can be tracked if a transformer is stolen.
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We will also set up hidden cameras that will take pictures of thieves and people who vandalise transformers because the rate of vandalism is worrisome
Mandipezano also said that although the company has to take the leading role in ensuring security of the transformers, consumers have a huge role to play. He suggested ring fencing the transformers as one strategy that could be adopted by consumers.
The power authority reports that on average, at least three transformers are stolen each night. Thieves have also been targeting copper wire and hundreds were reported stolen in last year alone.