Business goes two days with no lights

2011-05-19 00:00

RESIDENTS at the lower end of Pietermaritzburg have been without electricity for almost two days since a blackout on Tuesday afternoon.

The predominant business community in Prince Alfred, Loop Street and Burger Street experienced an electricity blackout at about 3.30 pm on Tuesday. By yesterday afternoon, electricity had still not been restored, according to residents living in the area.

A businessman, who runs a financial adviser company in that area, said he had been frustrated by the blackout, which had cost him and his employees a great deal in time and business, as they had to leave early because of the blackout.

“I am a businessman, and yesterday [Tuesday] I lost a day as I had to tell all seven of my staff members to go home, because there was nothing they could do due to the power outage.

“Since Tuesday, we have been trying to contact the municipality to no avail, as there is no one answering the phones there.”

He said the situation was a nuisance. “Today [yesterday] is Election Day. I have not even been able to take a bath and go to vote because of this power outage,” he said.

Msunduzi municipality process manager Maxwell Mthembu said the municipality was aware of the electricity problems in that area and they have been working to resolve them.

He said the blackout was a result of the faults found on the line supplying the community.

“We were doing maintenance work on the substation, and when we turned the power on, the electricity started to trip. We then found out that the line had too many faults and we are in the process of repairing them.”

He said several families were affected by the outage and that electricity would be restored soon. — Witness Reporter.

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