Houghton gets generator after outages

2013-09-07 17:00


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Johannesburg - Houghton was the only suburb in Johannesburg that was temporarily supplied with a generator during a power outage this week, City Power said on Saturday.

"Yes, it was Houghton only," spokesperson Sol Masolo said.

The generator arrived in the suburb on Wednesday, the same day disgruntled City Power employees downed tools over a new shift structure.

Alleged sabotaging of sub-stations by strikers resulted in power outages in most parts of Johannesburg, including former president Nelson Mandela's home.

A generator the size of a minibus taxi was seen set up on 11th avenue, a street parallel to where Mandela lives.

The diesel-run machine was cordoned off with yellow tape and guarded by a City Power official. It was not in use on Saturday morning.

Masolo said it would remain there for an undisclosed amount of time.

"That big generator does not run a house, it runs a suburb. It is there just in case of an emergency," he said.

On Thursday, the sound of another generator could be heard coming from behind the walls of Mandela's home.

Houghton's electricity was restored on Friday night.

Earlier on Saturday, Masolo said power had been restored to all areas in Johannesburg.

Mandela was discharged from the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria on Sunday to recuperate at home after a lengthy stay for a recurring lung infection.

His home had been reconfigured to ensure he received the correct care. Some staff who had been at the hospital were caring for him at his home.

His condition was last described by the presidency as critical and stable, but at times unstable.

Members of the media continued to keep watch outside Mandela's home on Saturday.

Cameramen and reporters took shelter from the heat under gazebos directly across Mandela's home, while others sat in their cars.

Neighbours and visitors were seen taking pictures outside the home where messages of support had been laid.

Two police cars were parked at the corner of the house, and another eight cars parked near the gate, one with a military number plate.

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