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Death of PE Highways Algoa Bay Port Elizabeth

Plunder of roadside safety barriers grows

December 29, 2014 | Filed under: News,Top News, | Posted by: Allan Williams


DANGER POINT: The railing on the M4 freeway at the Albany Road off-andon-ramphas systematically disappeared over the past months Picture Eugene Coetzee

KILOMETRES of steel and aluminium railings along Nelson Mandela Bay’s freeways have been stolen.

This not only puts a financial burden on the municipality’s distressed coffers but also poses a serious danger to public safety.
Unchecked scrap metal and second-hand dealers are fuelling the plunder of the infrastructure.

Thieves have also resorted to stealing drain covers to pawn to scrap-metal dealers.
Municipal spokesman Mthubanzi Mniki said the metro was fighting a losing battle, with incidents of theft daily and the problem rearing its head at different locations with alarming regularity.

Mniki estimated damage caused stood at more than R1-million.

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