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Power restored to some Joburg areas

By admin
06 September 2013

Power was restored in Lawley and Lenasia South on Friday while other parts of Johannesburg could be left in the dark over the weekend, City Power said.

"It will take a maximum of two to three days to restore power to all affected areas," City Power said. It gave the same prediction on Thursday, but onFriday stressed that on-going work would see suburbs gradually restored over this period.

The power supply to parts of the West Rand and northern Johannesburg was disrupted when a few hundred City Power staff downed tools on Wednesday afternoon. City Power said the strike was not union-led.

The workers were unhappy about a new shift system the power distributor was implementing.

It was believed that the striking workers had sabotaged the infrastructure causing the widespread blackouts, which impacted on traffic flow and affected some businesses' operations.

One substation appeared to have been tampered with and at another the power equipment appeared to have been manually put down.

Police were investigating and security guards had been appointed to watch the stations.

City Power was using contractors to try and fix the problems.

News24.com