Power blowout number four

2010-02-20 00:00

YET another transformer caught alight yesterday, bringing the total to five over a four-day period.

According to a local resident who spoke on condition that his identity be kept under wraps, he was talking to a friend on his cellphone yesterday at approximately 11.15 am when all of a sudden he heard noises outside.

Still conversing on his mobile, the resident ventured outside, where he realised that the noises were coming from a transformer near the corner of Prince Alfred Street and College Road.

The quick-thinking resident promptly terminated the call and as soon as the transformer exploded managed to shoot multiple snaps using his camera phone, and thereafter contacted Weekend Witness.

Msunduzi Municipality’s process manager for electricity, Maxwell Mthembu, said it was a small fire that was attended to before it could spread. Mthembu said although they are not sure what caused it, they suspect that it was the result of a cable fault.

The areas affected by the explosion were the Church and West Street areas, and the power outage lasted for a couple of hours.

Meanwhile, irate CBD residents, who had to make do without electricity for three days since Tuesday, were happy to have their supply restored yesterday.

Those residing from Boshoff down to Masukwana (East) Street including Bulwer, Prince Alfred and Burger streets were badly affected by the explosion of three sub-stations on Tuesday.

Another one burst into flames on Wednesday and the municipality pulled out all the stops in sorting out the problem and restoring power to affected areas.

The SAVF Old Age Home in Prince Alfred Street was happy to report that their power came back on yesterday morning.

One employee said they had been overwhelmed by the number of people who contacted them to offer their support after reading about their plight in The Witness.

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