Power to be out for three nights

2013-02-21 00:00

THE Msunduzi Municipality warned yesterday of widespread electricity outages planned in more than 30 suburbs of the city, including the central business district, beginning tomorrow night.

Municipal spokesperson Brian Zuma said the electricity department would interrupt the power supply for urgent repairs to the primary network. This follows damage to an electricity pylon in Camps Drift caused by theft.

He said the interruptions were expected to last for five hours.

Power will be interrupted from 11.30 pm tomorrow to 4 am on Saturday; from Saturday at 11.30 pm till 4 am on Sunday; and on Sunday from 11.30 pm to 4 am on Monday.

The affected areas are Chase Valley, Montrose, Westgate, Foxhill, Clarendon, Boughton, Town Bush Valley, Winterskloof, Sweetwaters, Signal Hill, Northern Park, Scottsville, Wembley, Grange, Richmond Crest, Napierville, Blackridge, Oak Park, Mpumuza, Camps Drift, Townhill, Chasedene, Pelham, Ridge Park, Bisley, Prestbury, Hilton, World’s View, Phayipini, Mason’s Mill, Ferncliffe and the CBD.

“Should the interruption be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances it will be rescheduled to an alternative date,” Zuma said.

He warned residents that all electrical installations should be treated as live for the full duration of the shutdown and said “any inconvenience caused by the interruption of the electricity” was regretted.

The Witness reported last month that thieves almost caused the collapse of the main power feed from Eskom to Msunduzi, which would have resulted in a city-wide blackout that could have lasted days or even weeks.

The disaster was narrowly averted when an alert citizen discovered the damage. However, it will now cost the city more than a million rand to repair the damage.

All the bolts in the lower half of the pylon and the steel cross-bars at the base had been removed.

Zuma said at the time that the massive structure was at risk of toppling over. He believed that a recent storm had already nudged it into a tilt, but the municipality was alerted to the danger in time.

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