Hilton left in the cold after outage

2014-07-10 00:00

IN the sub-zero temperatures experienced over the past few days, parts of Hilton and Sweetwaters were left with no power for more than 60 hours.

According to cold and beleaguered residents, their power went off on Monday at 6.30 pm. It came back on late at night for a few hours, then went off again at about 10 am on Tuesday morning.

Power was only restored late yesterday afternoon.

Residents had to endure Tuesday night’s temperature of -5 degrees in the cold and dark. According to Msunduzi spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha, the outage was the result of a fault on an 11 000 volt cable.

Yesterday afternoon, ward councillor for the area Craig Millar confirmed that the power was on “for now”.

He said that was the story of the area — regular power outages over the past 15 years. He said this was a result of ageing infrastructure and while some of it had been replaced, more of the old systems needed to be upgraded.

Millar commended the municipal staff who worked through the night to try and restore the power.

The affected areas were Flamingo Road, Azalea Drive, Forest Lane and the whole of Hilton Gardens.

Meanwhile, residents in downtown Church Street also suffered a blackout. There was anger and tears as many families are fasting for Ramadaan and families were looking forward to hot meals after breaking their fast.

By the time of going to press, The Witness could not establish the cause of the Church Street outage.

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