Big Eskom switchoff to fix KZN supply line

2014-10-29 00:00

ABOUT 71 000 Eskom consumers in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape will experience electricity outages today.

Eskom reported that they are experiencing a fault on the Ariadne or Eros 400 kilovolts (kV) transmission line, which feeds the greater Kokstad, Cedarville, Ixopo, Umzimkhulu and Riverdale areas.

Eskom communications officer Joyce Zingoni said the supply was diverted from other sources on the 132 kV to avoid electricity disconnections for customers.

“Eskom technical teams have assessed the damage and expect to repair the line within seven hours. To ensure full preparations for the repairs, [today] Eskom will undertake an outage from 8.30 am to approximately 3.30 pm,” she said.

“The line between Ariadne and Riverdale will be turned off during the repairs,” she said.

Eskom urged customers to treat all installations as live during the outage. “Its safer to disconnect all electrical appliances and keep one light switch on to alert you when the power is reconnected,” said Zingoni.

Customers can reach the Eskom Contact Centre at 086 003 7566.

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