Power failure has city traffic in gridlock

2010-07-31 00:00

TRAFFIC came to halt in Pietermaritzburg yesterday when a power failure threw out traffic lights.

Traffic was gridlocked on Durban Road in Scottsville, in Alan Paton Avenue and in Church and Boshoff streets. The problem started at about 1 pm.

“The power failure is the result of a fault at the Woodburn Sport Ground substation. Our electricity team is out there attending to the problem and they are on top of things,” said Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Brian Zuma.

It was also feared that the power failure had affected most parts of the city hall, but it was later clarified that the power outage on the ground floor was as a result of an internal problem.

A traffic official for the municipality said city traffic officers had been dispatched to sort out the jam.

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