UPDATE: Systems restore following cyber attack on Drakenstein Municipality!

Aug 16, 2022

Drakenstein Municipality has started the process to restore its systems following a cyber attack it suffered earlier this week. 

In an updated statement released on Friday afternoon, the Municipality stated that their ICT team has retrieved and secured all lost data, which is backed up twice daily.

“The next step is to ensure all servers and drives are secure and virus free before restoring the Municipality’s systems – to mitigate any risk of further contamination. Currently the Municipality’s email and landline systems are still down, including its switchboard and toll-free numbers.”

The following emergency numbers are however functioning and can be contacted – only for emergencies:

  • Fires – 021 872 2323
  • Law Enforcement – 021 807 8508
  • Water pipe bursts – 021 807 4715

The Municipality trusts that it will be back online within the next couple of days.

“We ask the public to please exercise patience as we do everything we can to speed up the restoration process.”

The Drakenstein Municipality on Thursday said they are managing the impact of a cyber attack that besieged their systems the night before. 

The Municipality’s Communication and Marketing Team released a statement confirming rumours that their systems had been hacked on Wednesday evening.

Although the extent of the cyber attack is not yet known, the Municipality assures that it will soon be under control.

“The Municipality can assure our stakeholders that all our ICT risk management and back-up systems and measurements are in place. Cyber attacks unfortunately do occur from time to time.

Updates about their computer and landline telephone systems will be updated via the Municipality’s Facebook page and WhatsApp.