Power surge destroys residents’ appliances

2010-03-29 00:00

ANOTHER power surge — this time in Sweetwaters — damaged home appliances and affected more than 40 homes in the Mbutshane area last week.

The power surged after employees from the Msunduzi Municipality electricity department removed a small problematic transformer and replaced it with a bigger one to cope with the demands of the area.

Televisions, computers, refrigerators, electric television aerials, fans, radios and DVD players were damaged.

A resident said that after suffering blackouts on the previous Saturday, the municipal employees working on the problem on Monday decided to replace the transformer with a bigger one to cope with the needs of the community.

They alleged that the bigger transformer distributed a much higher voltage to their homes, which damaged their appliances.

One of the affected residents, Musawenkosi Ngcobo, said: “At about 8 pm on Monday, the employees turned the power back on and it was shining more brightly than usual. It was like floodlights.”

He said he realised that there was too much power surging through their homes when lights bulbs started blowing up.

“I was watching my television when I saw smoke coming from the TV set and from the radio. I tried to unplug them, but it was already too late.”

Another resident said the transformer also blew up. “As we were panicking over our appliances burning up, we heard a loud noise, and it was the transformer they had just installed blowing up.”

They said the municipal employees said there was too much power distributed by the transformer, which caused the incident.

Local councillor Babashan Ntuli said the onus is on the municipality to repair the damaged items. “The people affected are poor people. They cannot afford to buy new items. This was the municipality’s fault and they should reimburse them.”

Process manager for electricity, Maxwell Mthembu, said he had been made aware of the incident by councillor Ntuli. However, he added that he is not in possession of the full facts and will hold a meeting to discuss the incident.

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