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Cable theft turns off Soccer City

Johannesburg's Soccer City
Johannesburg's Soccer City has lost all power after the cable theft.

The South African arena that hosted the 2010 World Cup final cannot stage a league game on Saturday because cable theft has deprived the ground of power.

The PSL clash between second-placed Kaizer Chiefs and strugglers Moroka Swallows has been postponed after the theft triggered a power surge.

"Theft of cables in the vicinity of the stadium caused a power surge which has blown the floodlights and cut off all the other power at the stadium," said league spokesman Altaaf Kazi.

"There is no power for the offices, changing rooms...nothing," he added.

The match scheduled for the biggest sports stadium on the African continent has now been rearranged to take place on 16 February.

Chiefs, who are the country's most popular club, recently shifted their home ground to the cavernous venue that hosted last year's final between Spain and the Netherlands.

Copper cable theft is common in crime-ridden South Africa, affecting electricity, telecommunications and rail services and the estimated annual cost to industry is estimated at over a billion dollars.

Sitting outside Johannesburg, Soccer City staged eight matches during last year's World Cup, including the opening game, the quarter-final between Ghana and Uruguay as well as the final itself.

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