Engineers work to restore E Rand power

2014-06-07 14:19

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Johannesburg - Engineers are repairing a vandalised Eskom tower that left residents on the East Rand without power, the Ekurhuleni municipality said on Saturday.

"Work has begun at [the] vandalised Eskom tower in Springs this morning," spokesperson Themba Gadebe said in a statement.

"Several areas were left without the power after steel was stolen, resulting in the collapse of the Eskom tower."

The 132kv Eskom tower was vandalised on Friday.

He said engineers worked until late on Friday to restore power, but had to stop for safety reasons.

"The repairs are carried out in close proximity to other live overhead lines making it impossible to work through the night."

The affected areas were Springs CBD, Springs Industrial Area, Pollak Park, Fulcrum, New Era, Krugerus, Dal Fouche and Reedville.

Power was estimated to be restored in the areas by midnight, Gadebe said.

The municipality apologised for the inconvenience caused and urged customers to treat the electricity network points as electrically live at all times.

"Ekurhuleni remains in constant contact with Eskom for regular updates to ensure affected customers are informed."

Eskom was not immediately available for comment.

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