Power restored in Springs after cable theft cut off supply

2014-06-09 11:25

Electricity supply has been restored in Springs, east of Johannesburg, after residents endured a chilly weekend without power.

“We are happy to say as of 9pm [on Sunday], the power is back on,” said Ekurhuleni municipality spokesperson Themba Radebe today.

Several areas were left without power after cable thefts resulted in the collapse of an Eskom tower.

Residents endured the cold winter chill without electricity since Friday after the 132kV tower was vandalised.

The power cut also affected water supply in Selection Park, Geduld, Dal Fouche, Pollack Park, and Wright Park.

Radebe said the two pump stations affected had been switched on but it would take some time to fill the reservoir feeding the affected areas.

Residents could expect the water supply to be restored later today.

In the interim, roving water tankers, which the municipality had dispatched to provide water while the shortage lasted, would continue their rounds.

Meanwhile, power had also been restored in Lenasia, south of Johannesburg, said City Power.

“Power was fully restored on Saturday evening,” said spokesperson Hloni Motloung.

The outage had been caused by the theft of 88kV electricity pylons between the Nirvana and Nancefield substations on Thursday evening.

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