Not load shedding, but Cable theft to blame

2014-06-30 00:00

WHAT residents in the capital this weekend thought was load shedding turned out to be power outages caused by electricity and cable theft.

Msunduzi municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi confirmed yesterday that parts of the city experienced electricity cuts as a result of a transformer that went down.

“The municipality is experiencing a high level of electricity theft and cable theft that results in the power tripping in some parts of the city. Most parts that are affected are those next to the informal settlements.”

He said over the weekend a transformer in the CBD “downtown” went offline.

Residents at Garden Court in West Street were also without power for more than 21 hours this weekend.

Resident Jane Derengi said they had called the municipality several times but nothing had been done. The Witness was unable to establish the reason for the outages there late yesterday.

The Eskom media desk also confirmed that load shedding had not occurred. — Witness Reporter.

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