Eskom working flat out to fix lines

2012-08-10 00:00

ESKOM said its staff were working tirelessly to restore the remaining three transmission lines that were affected by the extreme weather that swept through KwaZulu-Natal this week.

Eskom spokesperson Nhlanhla Madlala said yesterday: “Although two of the lines are now back on line and supply has been restored to most customers, interruptions to power supply due to snow-related events are still affecting some customers.”

He said the worst-affected areas were Kokstad, Underberg, Nottingham Road, Estcourt, Mooi River and Cedarville.

Madlala said supplies to the municipalities of eThekwini, Ixopo, uMhlathuze, KwaDukuza and Matatiele were restored by close of business on Wednesday.

However, some residents were still left without power.

Irate residents called The Witness after being without power, some for two consecutive days.

A resident in Woodlands was so frustrated by electricity outage that he accused the municipality of “sabotaging the Coloured community”,

He alleged that an area predominantly occupied by Africans had electricity.

Another resident asked angrily: “Can the municipality explain what process is going to be introduced to recover gas expenses and perishables due to these outages?”

Himeville resident McGillycuddy said the town had not had power since Tuesday night.

He said he was told that Eskom was working to repair the fault, but that it might take time to fix.

An elderly Mooi River resident said the town had been without power since 1 am on Wednesday.

Woodlands councillor Mary Schalkwyk said power had been restored in her area after the Mayor, Chris Ndlela, had stepped in to help.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Brian Zuma said power was restored 1.30 pm yesterday in all the areas that had major power outages.

The municipality was now dealing with individual faults, he added.

“The past three days have not been kind to us, with temperatures dropping, and the overload that was carried by our power lines made it difficult for our infrastructure to handle the pressure,” said Zuma.

The major cause was cable faults, he added.

Eskom urged all customers to switch off all non-essential appliances and use electricity sparingly, particularly during the peak hours of 5 pm to 9 pm.

“We apologise to all affected customers.

“We are working hard to restore power to all areas as soon as possible,” Eskom added.

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