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metrorail thumb medium90 92News24 reports that cable theft and vandalism caused power outages that led to widespread disruptions to the rail network in the Western Cape on Thursday morning.

Commuters faced cancellations and delays on several lines. According to Metrorail spokesperson Nana Zenani, there were a number of power outages in various corridors that feed into the Metrorail substation. The Cape Flats, southern suburbs, and northern lines were all affected. While power had been restored to areas affected by cable theft, the lines remained "unsafe to operate" and the entire system needed to be "reset", Zenani said. Meanwhile, theft of rail clips affected the Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) northern line, which Metrorail uses to transport customers on the Wellington line. By Thursday morning, there was partial service on the northern line in Wellington and Metrorail was operating a shuttle service from the Wellington line to Kraaifontein Station. Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula had been expected to visit the Central Line "to assess ongoing work to recover the line and the relocation of illegal settlements on the rail infrastructure". However, the visit was postponed due to the power outages.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Nicole McCain at News24

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