Power outage hits Northdale

2012-12-22 00:00

RESIDENTS of Northdale are frustrated over an electricity blackout in the suburb that has lasted for three days.

Several homes in Lotus Road have been without power since Tuesday. By yesterday morning, the electricity supply had still not been restored.

Irate residents said the blackout would result in their Christmas food being spoilt.

Hope Khumalo, one of the affected residents, said she had to resort to storing her perishables in a refrigerator at work as she feared that her Christmas groceries, especially meat, would go bad.

“In the Christmas period we buy a lot of groceries so that we do not have to buy in January, and now that is all at risk of being spoilt. We are closing at work today; I do not know what I am going to do.”

Khumalo said the power went out on Tuesday. “I called the electricity department and they said they would send someone to attend to the matter. No one came and then Wednesday and Thursday passed and we are still without electricity,” she said.

Calls to the electricity call centre were not being answered, Khumalo added.

“At this rate, we will have no electricity during Christmas. This is not the first time this has happened. In November, it also went out for a few days and we had to fight for the electricity to be restored.”

Nqobile Madonda, the acting Msunduzi municipal spokesperson, said electricity department employees were still trying to find the cause of the power outage.

“A stand-by team has already been dispatched to the area,” she said, noting that power was also out in Copesville.

Earlier this week, residents of kwaMpumuza were in despair after the meat they had bought for their Christmas celebrations went rotten during a power failure that lasted three days.

They protested outside the Msunduzi electricity department’s Havelock Road offices on Monday afternoon, dumping rotten meat and fish, braai packs and chicken at the main entrance to show their displeasure.

Their situation had a happy ending, however, when The Witness intervened and the Mndeni Meats butchery chain donated 850 kg of meat, which was distributed to some of the affected households.

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