PMB sees power outages after lightning storm

2015-01-05 00:00

MUCH of Pietermaritzburg was left in darkness over the weekend as power outages ravaged the city for most of Saturday evening and yesterday morning.

Residents reported seeing light poles burst into sparks of electricity — “almost like fireworks” — as electricity surges knocked out power in their areas.

Fifteen areas were blacked out: Allandale, Hilton, Copesville, Bishopstowe, Haniville; Raisethorpe, Oak Park, Northdale, Montrose, Lincoln Meade, Claridge, Woodlands, Napierville, Winterskloof and the CBD.

A Mountain View resident, Andhira Singh, said she had no electricity from 7 pm on Saturday to 2 pm yesterday.

“The freezer defrosted and the meat in the fridge is giving off a foul smell now,” she said.

The Msunduzi electricity department reported an influx of calls from angry residents over the weekend. According to a member of the call centre, who asked not to be named, residents reported exploding light poles and transformer boxes throughout the city.

According to the department, the power outages were caused by Saturday evening’s electric storm.

“We have sent many technicians out and many of the affected areas have been sorted out,” the call centre operator said.

Msunduzi municipal spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha could not be reached for comment.

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