City official succumbs to injuries following Gugulethu substation blast

A City of Cape Town electricity official, Terence Henry Stringer, succumbed to his injuries in hospital on 16 April, after vandalised cables exploded while he was attending to an outage in Gugulethu, on 4 April 2022.

The outage affected residents in Manenberg and Gugulethu. It is understood a section of the medium voltage cable had been excavated and set alight by criminals. Stringer, alongside four contractors, and a member of the public were injured when the damaged cables further deteriorated and caused an explosion.

Mayco Member for Energy, Beverley van Reenen, sent out her condolences to those close to Stringer.

‘’It is utterly devastating that a colleague’s life has been lost due to the impact of infrastructure vandalism while in the line of duty. The City’s political and administrative leadership and the entire Electricity Generation and Distribution Department expresses its sincerest condolences to the family, friends, colleagues and loved ones of Terence Stringer during this difficult time.’’

‘’He joined the City in 1993 and was one of the first employees to join the City’s Gugulethu Electricity Depot shortly after it was constructed as part of the City’s programme to bring services closer to the Manenberg and Gugulethu communities. Colleagues remember him for his commitment to his work and for always going the extra mile. In his spare time, he enjoyed carpentry and was always willing to share his woodwork expertise with colleagues when anything needed to be repaired. Between jobs, he often kept the Depot’s flower garden neat and tidy. The City has lost a valuable staff member and our thoughts are with his wife and family,’’ added van Reenen.


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