Power returning to Johannesburg

2013-09-07 07:23
(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Johannesburg - Electricity was fully restored to the Randburg central business district and to Lyndhurst on Friday night, Johannesburg City Power said.

It was continuing to restore power in other parts of Johannesburg, said spokesperson Sol Masolo.

The power outages in large parts of Johannesburg since Thursday have been blamed on sabotage, allegedly by workers who embarked on an unprotected strike on Wednesday.

They were unhappy about a new shift system being implemented.

City Power’s Sicelo Xulu would meet with organised labour at 21:00 to update them on the progress and to "seek their support to stabilise the organisation", said Masolo.

An hour later, Xulu would hold talks with his executive committee (Exco) to review the operation of depots, and the progress of recovery plans.

"Based on the outcome of this meeting, Exco will agree on action plans for identified gaps," said Masolo.

At 23:00, Xulu would visit all command centres and ensure corrective measures were in place.

On Thursday, City Power warned that it could take up to three days to fix the problems, but said contractors were working around the clock.

Power restored

By Thursday night, power had been restored to the Hursthill and Mayfair substations which supply Auckland Park, Bosmont, Crosby, Emmarentia, Mayfair, Northcliff, Rosebank, Riverlea and the Westdene areas.

The power was also back on at the Cydna and Alexandra and Gresswold substations, which supply Athol, Alexandra, Bramley, Hyde Park, Melrose, Riverpark, Tsutsumani and the Wynberg areas.

City Power was issuing hourly updates on Friday night.

By 19:30, power had been restored to Rosebank, Roosevelt, Linden, Emmarentia, Northcliff, Roodetown, the Roodepoort area, Forest Hill, Berario, Doornfontein, and the Johannesburg CBD.

The electricity was also in 95% of Lenasia and 50% of Northriding.

Randburg CBD had power again by 20:30, and Lyndhurst by 21:00.

On Friday, Gauteng Safety MEC Faith Mazibuko likened the outage to an act of terrorism, and said the perpetrators had endangered people's lives. The Hawks were investigating.

Xulu said earlier in the day that switches at a number of sub-stations had been tampered with.

"There was no forced entry, and that simply means that someone turned them off."

He said security measures were in place at sub-stations around the city to ensure there were no more disruptions.

Read more on:    city power  |  faith mazibuko  |  johannesburg  |  strikes

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