Cinderella Park protest sees power restored after four days

2009-07-30 00:00

THE electricity supply at Cinderella Park, which had been cut off since Sunday, was restored yesterday after community members demonstrated on the streets.

They demanded that the Msunduzi Electricity Department employees be sent to attend to the problem, and stay in the area until the electricity supply was restored.

A group of residents chanting “we want lights” gathered yesterday morning to demand that electricity supply be restored after they woke up to yet another day of electricity blackout. They said after three days in the dark and numerous complaints to the municipality, the problem was yet to be solved.

One of the residents, who wished to remain anonymous, said the Msunduzi electricians were having problems figuring out what had caused the blackout.

“They also do not know why there is no electricity. They suspect maybe copper thieves have stolen one of the wires, but they have to fix this problem today.

“This is not the first time this has happened, but it has never been this severe”, said the source.

“We use prepaid electricity, so we do not wait for the end of the month to pay our accounts, and yet we are the ones suffering.”

They said the blackout has cost them a fortune in groceries as the food they had bought at the month-end is spoiling.

“We have meat that is now going off and we are forced to eat it quickly. All the food that we kept in our fridges is going off and the municipality will not compensate us for the loss,”, said the source.

RESIDENTS in Townbush Road and Northdale experienced power outages yesterday and frustrated callers told The Witness they were unable to get through to the call centre.

The deputy municipal manager for infrastructure services, Phil Mashoko, said the head of electri­city had been made aware and the electricity team was working flat-out to restore power to all affec­ted areas.

He said the municipal workers’ strike posed challenges and the personnel in the municipal call centres were under strength, but they were doing their best to help those without electricity.

— Witness Reporter.

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