What ‘major power cuts’? – City Power

2010-06-18 11:49

City Power has maintained that Johannesburg is not experiencing any

major power problems, despite numerous reports that outages are occurring in

various areas.

“There have been no major power cuts in Joburg since the beginning

of the year. The areas in which they have occurred have been isolated

incidents,” said Louis Pieterse, spokesperson for City Power.

Yesterday there were confirmed power cuts in Auckland Park and

Melville in Johannesburg and surrounding areas, and Primedia’s EyeWitness News

reported outages in areas including Highlands North, Soweto and


On Wednesday, social network Twitter was abuzz with reports of

outages in areas including Mamelodi, Fourways and Douglasdale.

Pieterse could only comment on an outage that occurred in Randpark

Ridge last night, saying that it was a small circuit that was affected and the

matter had been “attended to quickly”.

He said power cuts were bound to happen in major cities like

Johannesburg, but was confident that City Power could handle the task. Pieterse

added that residents need to use their electricity sparingly to avoid putting

pressure on the national grid.

Meanwhile, an investigation into the power cuts that left two

passenger trains, run by Passenger Rail Agency SA, stranded on Wednesday is


The agency’s acting chief executive Tumisang Kgaboesele said that

expert electricians had been called in to investigate the situation that

occurred while the 2 000 passenger-strong trains were on their way from Pretoria

Station to Park Station in Johannesburg, after the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup

match between South Africa and Uruguay at the Loftus Versveld Stadium.

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