Counting the cost of power outage

2014-08-12 00:00

SCORES of shops and restaurants along busy Problem Mkhize (Cowey) Road in Morningside are counting the cost after a power outage yesterday that lasted almost 18 hours.

eThekwini Metro spokesperson Tozi Mthetwa said the outage was a result of a cable fault between the Guildford/Curry and Haden Road/Tenth Avenue sub-stations.

There was no evidence of sabotage or tampering, she said.

“Electricity supply to the affected areas was restored at 1.38 pm,” she said.

Businesses were sent into panic mode as they could not provide for customers after the electricity went out at around 8 pm on Sunday night.

“We could not serve customers coffee or any beverage and by the time we got to the shop, our cooldrinks were already warm. We lost at least 70% of our sales this morning,” said Nathi Mkhonza, manager of Vida e Cafe.

“We also had to bring in food from our Florida Road store to sell, as we had to move our food to a fridge off-site so that it would not be spoiled.”

Izhar Vally, manager of Hubcaps Pizza, said they could not make milkshakes and cooldrinks got warm, “but we managed to get pizza out because of our woodfired oven”.

Nhlankanipho Masinga, manager of the Woolworths Food store, said they were not as severely affected, as they have a generator.

“We are lucky that there was no spoilage of food, as our generators started up as soon as the electricity failed.”

The situation did not only frustrate businesses, but also residents. The supervisor at a block of flats, who asked not to be named as she needs permission from the body corporate, said her hands were tied.

“We could not do washing, or ironing, nothing. I had to go buy a cup of coffee. Thank goodness that shop had electricity!”

But other nearby businesses and homes were not affected at all. Staff at the Bread Ahead bakery confirmed that they had electricity all day and were not even aware of the outages on the road.

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