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Fixing blackout costs Sptc over e250 000

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By CASSANDRA SHAW - TIMES OF SWAZILAND-23-Jun-2009

MBABANE – The Swaziland Posts and Telecomm-unications Corporation (SPTC) has spent over a quarter of a million in repairing damages caused by unknown people who burnt the corporation’s fibre lines.

The incident, which happened over a week ago left many parts of the country in a communication blackout, compromising the smooth running of businesses, especially in Manzini, Siteki and Matsapha.

According to the corporation’s Managing Director Nathi Dlamini, the aforementioned figure only relates partly to the financial losses suffered by the corporation. “The adverse social impact caused is immeasurable, to the extent that SPTC’s capital expenditure to conduct repairs is incomparable to the scale of the damage. The corporation has had to incur unnecessary expenses which, combined with the prospects of being held accountable for reparations by third parties, makes this matter all the more grave,” he said.

Dlamini has questioned the manner in which people want to express themselves, stating that there must be limits and boundaries. He added that malicious intent and willful destruction of public property was most certainly out of the limits. Dlamini also questioned the denial of an essential service to innocent communities by way of sabotage and the true intent of the perpetrators.

“If the national telecommunications system collapses, in whose best interest is it?” he asked, not necessarily expecting an answer. Refurbishments on the affected fibre lines have since been completed and the corporation thanked its customers for their patience.


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