BTC lose millions due to spate of cable theft

GABORONE, BOTSWANA — Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) continues to face a surge in cable theft. The latest cable theft case took place this past weekend in Gaborone where one person was caught in the act while his associates escaped in a Honda Fit vehicle with counterfeit number plates.

Sir Seretse Khama Airport (SSKA) Police Station Commander, Bannetse Keakile confirmed that they are holding one person in custody who was found with stolen cables in Gaborone North. 

BTC Managing Director, Anthony Masunga having a light moment with Lobatse Store Supervisor.

Keakile stated that the accused person is currently assisting the Police with investigations. A 400 meter overhead cable, about 100 meter burnt cable and heavy duty snap ring pliers used to cut the cable wires where recovered at a farm in Gaborone North while 1000 meters of unrecovered underground cable was stolen in Ledumadumane.

The Station Commander noted that any person caught tempering with telecommunications equipment will be fined P50 000 or face a jail sentence of four years.

BTC Head of Security Services, Modise Mokgathong explained that the Telecommunications giant is currently working on strengthening security measures to curb the ongoing cable theft in the country.

General Manager Customer Care (C), Goitseone Tshiamiso says BTC, which has the widest national network coverage will continue to respond to customer demands and strive for excellence in service delivery.

He also noted that they have taken security measures such as engaging a security support system that monitors wire cables across the country and they will be introducing technological security measures soon.

BTC is also working closely with National Security systems such as the Botswana Police Service (BPS) and Botswana Defense Force (BDF) to curb cable theft. Members of the public are advised to notify the nearest police station if they are aware of any cable theft cases taking place in their areas.

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