Unrepaired cable fault affects CBD

2010-03-10 00:00

BUSINESSES in the city experienced periodic power outages on Monday and yesterday morning because a fault has not been repaired as a result of the recent municipal strike.

Businesspeople in the affected ­areas phoned The Witness seeking customer care numbers for Msunduzi’s electricity department.

Mason Incorporated, a law firm in Church Street, was one of the businesses that was hit hard by the outages on Monday. Its bookkeeper, June Frost, said the cuts occurred between midday and 1 pm, between 3 pm and 4 pm and late in the afternoon.

“We couldn’t do a thing as all our work is done on computers, and that led to a lack of productivity. The municipality must get its act together and if it’s maintenance, they must deal with it,” said Frost.

“We feel that the municipality has let us down again as we could not meet our deadlines,” she said.

Msunduzi Municipality electricity process manager Maxwell Mthembu, who confirmed the outages, said there was a cable fault in the transformer near Boxer Cash ’n Carry, but that everything is under control.

Parts of Prince Alfred, Boshoff and Church streets were affected by the outages. He said the problem started on Monday morning and workers worked the better part of Monday evening trying to fix the fault.

Mthembu said the fault occurred as a result of the explosion of a transformer in Prince Alfred Street in the middle of last month. A switch room in the same area exploded and a substation at the corner of Archbell and Commercial roads tripped.

Mthembu had said at the time that all the efforts of the department were directed at repairing the faults. Yesterday, he said the problems have not been dealt with because of the municipal strike. “We have all the required material to fix the problem, and as soon as things get back to normal we will be fixing the cables,” he said.

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