Lights out: PMB residents outraged, not municipal feedback

2012-11-02 00:00

“NO wind, no rain, no electricity — welcome to the City of Choice.”

Councillor Glenn McArthur said this after being frustrated by municipal officials who were not giving him information about power outages that affected Blackridge.

“We have caught up to Zimbabwe, as this has become a norm, rather than the exception,” he said.

This after a number of residential areas and businesses were hit by outages this week.

Mike Weston, who lives in Ashburton, said power outages have been bad for business.

“I run the Heron Lodge and we are fully booked, but it is very frustrating to operate a four-star bed and breakfast using a generator because it is expensive,” he said.

Weston said their power went off on Monday and was only restored on Tuesday night just before bedtime.

“I have to buy diesel for R1 000 daily for the generator, and what is more frustrating is that we are unable to get a response from the municipality as to what is wrong and when it will be fixed,” said Weston.

He said each time the power goes out, the council does not get back to them to say when the problem is likely to be solved.

He said yesterday morning they were hit by outages and nothing had been done to sort it out.

Alec Lenferna from Montrose said the municipality needs to treat them like adults by telling them the truth.

“We need to know when our electricity will be restored so that we are able to plan ahead instead of being kept in the dark,” he said.

Lenferna said power outages were the reason he moved from Hilton to live in Montrose because it was badly affecting his business.

“It is incredibly frustrating to do business in this city,” he said.

Councillor Thandi Matiwane said she has “a headache” because of people in her area demand information about power outages in Sobantu and she can’t help them.

“The public looks at us as useless councillors because electricity goes out for 24 hours, but we are not informed of what is the problem as community leaders …” she said. 

Affected areas were Manchester Road, Montrose, Hilton, Lincoln­meade, Sweetwaters, Blackridge, Sobantu, Northdale and parts of the CBD. Attempts to reach the municipality were unsuccessful last night.

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