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Un-Happy valley of darkness after thieves and vandals strike

27 January 2014
Rochelle de Kock

CABLE theft and vandalism at Nelson Mandela Bay’s Happy Valley have plunged the iconic gardens into darkness, leaving the municipality with no choice but to dig deep into its coffers to buy “vandalproof” infrastructure.

Although there were two permanent private security officers stationed at Happy Valley before the festive season kicked off, thieves still stole switch-box covers as well as the electrical infrastructure inside.

The municipality’s acting executive director for electricity and energy, Peter Neilson, said “everything has been stolen” at the valley.

“Unfortunately, the whole western side of Happy Valley has been totally vandalised.

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