Fasting becomes frustrating as another power cut hits Northdale

2009-09-02 00:00

AS Muslims in Pietermaritzburg observe Ramadan, power cuts in the Northdale area are proving to be especially problematic during the fasting season.

Suburbs in Northdale were without electricity yesterday after yet another cable fault.

The power was out from 2 pm yesterday and was restored around 4.30 pm.

Msunduzi Municipality spokeswoman Ntobeko Ngcobo confirmed that the power outage was as a result of a cable fault. She said it is still not clear what triggered it.

“Our technicians are working on finding out what is behind the cable faults. We are aware that it is not the first time the area has experienced such a disturbance.”

Abdullah Saeed said that for fasting Muslims living in the affected areas to come home to no electricity in the evenings is an inconvenience because that is when they have supper and break their fast. The same applies in the early morning, he added, when people need to prepare meals and get ready to start the fast. He said they also need hot water for ablutions, known as wudhu in Arabic, before morning prayers which begin at 5.05.

“Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam. We pray five times a day — in the morning, at noon, late afternoon, just after sunset and at about 7.30 pm … in the mosques, no lights means no sound system, which is problematic.”

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