The lower entrance to The Mine could soon be a thing of the past due to thieves who have stolen 5000 meters of copper wire.
The Naval Base below The Mine is not quite as secure as you might have thought! Thieves have stolen more than 5000 meters of copper wire from in and around the installation!
While you might not think this has anything to do with climbing… we could lose access from the bottom entrance (forcing climbers to park at the top entrance). Loss of this access point will mean risking having your car broken into at the top parking lot (if you stay past closing hours), less convenient access and no more quick afternoon sessions after work 🙁
The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, must step in and sort out the shambles at the South African Navy’s Naval Command Centre (NCC) at Silvermine in Cape Town.
- the “lower antennae farm” has been breached by copper thieves and stripped of copper “earth straps” and “ground planes”;
- the “upper antennae farm” has also been breached by copper thieves and stripped of copper cables;
- holes have been cut in the boundary fences, cordoning off the “lower antennae farm” and the “upper antennae farm”, or the boundary fences have simply collapsed; and
- copper pipes supplying water to the air conditioning system have been stolen.
- proper perimeter security is put in place, including a new boundary fence;
- all the relevant radio communications systems are repaired and restored to full working order; and
- a proper criminal investigation takes place – if necessary by the South African Police Service – to bring the copper thieves to book.