Wembley residents fuming

2009-06-30 00:00

RESIDENTS living in and around the Wembley area are outraged by electricity blackouts which have become more frequent in the past couple of weeks.

Scores of residents contacted The Witnessin droves to complain that no one from the municipality is able to tell them what was going on.

Mark Poulper said he is exasperated at the municipality’s lax attitude to the problem.

“On Friday there was no power and on Saturday there was no water. This is happening too often and you can’t get an answer from them.

“What are we as ratepayers supposed to do now?” he asked.

Poulper told The Witness that he was without electricity again yesterday and it was becoming difficult for him to run his home-based business as his small generator barely generates enough power to operate a fax machine, much less other equipment.

William Schlosser complained that he has suffered four power outages in the past week.

The most recent blackouts took place in the early hours of Saturday morning and on Sunday evening.

“Should we really be paying for services that we are not getting? Schlosser asked.

“Our area pays one of the highest rates in Pietermaritzburg yet we get no service,” he said.

Schlosser said he spent over an hour trying to phone the municipality so that someone could tell him what was going on but he was unable to get through.

“When I eventually managed to speak to someone, they told me that the reason why our electricity kept going off was because people in our area were using too much electricity,” he said.

At yesterday’s full council meeting, municipal manager Rob Haswell said there was a main transmission fault. but that municipal workers have been working around the clock to ensure that power is restored in the affected suburbs by 7 pm yesterday.

IFP councillor Dolo Zondi said Sweetwaters residents have been suffering power blackouts on a daily basis and he called for top management to explain.

Haswell said he has not been made aware of the matter but will make inquiries before reporting back as to the cause of the problem.


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