Blown cable sparks black out

2010-10-06 00:00

RESIDENTS in Chase Valley Heights and parts of Oak Park were without electricity since lunchtime on Monday.

Ward councillor Dave Ryder was inundated with calls from worried residents who were anxious about food spoiling in their fridges and freezers.

He said many were unhappy that they were unable to get through to anyone at the municipality to offer an explanation.

According to Ryder, it seemed a cable had blown up and that it had been repaired shortly before 11 pm on Monday night, as people reported that their lights came on briefly.

However, a short while later there was an explosion which some said came from an electricity substation.

Just after 8 pm last night, a spokesperson from the electricity department said the repair team had to do quite a lot of digging to get to the cables. He expected the electricity to be back on in the next four hours.

A resident said he expects more such breakdowns to happen throughout Pietermaritzburg as no maintenance has been carried out on the electricity system. It is like owning a motor car which you have to service otherwise it will end up breaking down and costing a lot more to repair.

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