Huge relief as power is restored

2014-02-11 00:00

THE eThekwini municipality yesterday restored power to the Rossburgh substation bringing relief to residents and businesses who had been warned that the outage might last the better part of this week.

A fire at the substation resulted in power outages in Bayhead, Clairwood and parts of Rossburgh.

Clairwood Ratepayers and Residents Association chairperson Rishi Singh said 80% of Clairwood was left without electricity for about 14 hours. Lights went off at around 1 am on Sunday.

“It was something unavoidable. People had to leave their homes,” he said. Power only came back on at 3 pm yesterday.

“We had to do what we had to do. But the younger generation don’t understand that much. It was a hassle,” he said, adding that some businesses may have been affected, but most of them have generators.

Municipal spokesperson Thabo Mofokeng yesterday warned that the power had only been temporarily restored and that a secure supply with a back-up feed is only expected to be in place later this week.

“eThekwini Electricity stand-by teams last night worked tirelessly in attempts to limit the outages caused by the explosion and subsequent fire at the Rossburgh 33kV substation in the early hours of Sunday morning.

“The Bayhead Industrial area, Edwin Swales, Clairwood and surrounding areas are affected. Some of the load was picked up on the medium voltage network yesterday,” he said in a statement.

Mofokeng said the unexpected incident is regrettable and businesses should take cognisance of the situation and plan accordingly.

Falcon Motor Spares in Clairwood was one of the many businesses relieved that the power had been restored.

It was not a good business day for them on Sunday. They usually serve a minimum of 30 customers, but only four walked through their doors on Sunday. “It was getting darker and darker,” employee Joe Vilakazi said.

He said without power they could not see where they were walking and they had to lock their doors and close earlier than usual.

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