Hibberdene: town in darkness while rural area uses solar power

2012-07-18 00:00

POWER outages in Hibberdene for most of yesterday caused major disruptions for residents and business.

The power went out just after midnight and was only restored around noon.

It went out again at 6 pm, leaving the town in darkness.

Angela Larkan, who runs the non-profit Thanda.Org offices from home, said she struggled to do any work.

“I’ve had e-mails to send out that we couldn’t.

“We really could get no work done today so we actually cleaned out and re-organised our office.”

Larkan said it was ironic that Hibberdene had no power. “Here we are sitting in Hibberdene in the darkness and the Thanda project — which is based in the rural area — is lit up because they run their electricity from solar energy.”

A frustrated Sagri Naidoo said the outage was a major inconvenience to her family.

“I have a toddler daughter in school. The outage interrupted our entire day.

“It’s also so miserably cold to be sitting in the darkness.”

Naidoo said her husband runs a business in the area and he also had a difficult day.

“He had to attend to his customers using candlelight and had to use calculators to work out sales.”

By last night Eskom had failed to respond to requests for comment.

• witness@feveronline.co.za

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