Explosion knocks out city power

2011-08-22 00:00

LARGE parts of the city were in darkness last night as problems at two sub-stations kept electricity contractors busy.

Municipal spokesperson Brian Zuma asked affected communities to bear with the municipality as their staff is stretched because of the ongoing strike.

“The outages in Montrose, Wembley, Sweetwaters and Chase Valley were caused by a [sub-station] explosion which occurred at Peter Brown Drive, but our private contractor is working on the problem,” said Zuma.

Later the Riverside sub-station tripped, plunging the Willowton and Pelham areas, among others, into darkness.

The Witness suffered major production delays as a result.

Power was restored to some areas at around 11 pm.

Residents of Copesville have complained about electricity blackouts that have occured since Thursday.

Zuma said that as far as he knows the electricity in that area was restored on Saturday.

Balhambra Way street in Northdale is pitch dark at night as a result of cable theft, which is allegedly carried out by people living in the nearby informal settlement.

The Witness visited the area to meet Ward 28 councillor Nithia Govender, who pointed out three poles that had been cut down and stripped of electricity cables.

“We know that it is not everybody who lives there that has caused this problem. However, there are some people there who know exactly who the culprits are,” he said.

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