Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
Premium Journalist
4 minute read
1 Sep 2020
5:01 am

Crime, electricity theft kill off critical businesses in Joburg

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Among the businesses losing massive amounts of income is one which manufactures parts for much-needed ventilators, while City Power says it loses millions every month to illegal connections and infrastructure damage.

A hijacked building leading to plenty of headaches in Jeppestown, 31 August 2020. Picture: Neil McCartney

Rising crime and illegal electricity connections around a hijacked building in Jeppestown, Johannesburg, are driving businesses to closure as the area's descent into chaos over recent months, has led to hundreds of thousands of Rands in lost income for businesses. Two business owners on Suburban Road near an infamously violence-ridden men’s hostel are throwing in the towel after several years of urging the city and the police to hear their plight. While the dire surroundings have always led to trouble at various establishments, recent and frequent power cuts, business robberies, and daily mugging of workers have led to businesses losing...