Solution for city outages

2013-04-16 00:00

THE arrival of two transformers means the electricity woes of the Willowton and Mkondeni industrial areas, beset by constant power outages, should end.

Mayor Chris Ndlela said yesterday that the municipality had taken delivery of two new transformers, which would be installed in the ensuing weeks.

Speaking at a press conference in the city hall, Ndlela said the municipality had also bought and taken delivery of a 60 km cable which would assist in providing alternative feed to the Willowton industrial area. The mayor added that he was hopeful the new measures signalled the end of electricity outages in these areas — that is if the cables don’t get stolen.

“I am hoping that the community will assist us in this by refraining from stealing our cables and also from stealing our electricity,” Ndlela said.

The replacement of the 132KV line to Hilton was also nearing completion, he said.

The arrival of the transformers and cable is part of a five-year, R892 million project to replace the city’s entire ageing electricity infrastructure, announced in February.

Ndlela said they had dealt with almost all the problems they had on the water front, and where they cropped up, they were able to respond and deal with these within 24 hours or less. Waste collection was also beginning to “normalise”, but there was still a huge problem with illegal dumping.

The mayor appealed to residents to take pride in the city, and to be mindful of where they dumped their dirt and dropped their litter. Keeping the city clean was a collaborative effort, he said.

• nalini@witness.co.za

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