Trim trees to prevent power cuts, says councillor

Ward councillor Mikhail Manuel has appealed to residents of Cape Town’s leafier suburbs to have trees trimmed ahead of winter to prevent power outages caused by branches touching overhead power cables.

Newlands, Claremont, Rosebank and Rondebosch are prone to power outages because branches from their majestic trees touch overhead power cables, says ward councillor Mikhail Manuel, who has appealed to residents get the trees trimmed ahead of winter.

Mr Manuel is on a drive to get residents to either trim their trees or log City service requests to have it done.

Every winter, residents had to deal with several power outages a week, due to branches touching the overhead cables, he said.

“It is frustrating for residents and businesses to have their power going out simply because a tree branch touched overhead cables.”

Parts of Newlands lost power up to three times a week, he said. The power outages could be avoided if residents with trees growing close to overhead cables logged service requests, he said.

“I am asking residents to encourage their neighbours to log those requests. If we do this, we stand a chance to reduce the number of power outages that happen during the winter season. In all likelihood, there will still be some power outages, but that does not mean we can’t decrease the number caused by the branches.”

Visit or call 0860 103 089 to log service requests.