When will electricity be fixed?

2009-05-06 00:00

RESIDENTS in and around the Hilton area suffered further power outages on Tuesday when a secondary transformer at the Crossways sub-station burnt out once again.

Hilton resident Liz Cundall says she was just about to start preparing supper at 6 pm when the lights went off.

“This has got to be sorted out. My power eventually came on at 2 am yesterday and people who live in Sweetwaters whose electricity was cut off at the same time as mine got their power back at 10 pm on Tuesday. Obviously the municipality is not concerned about people because my electricity has been cut four times in four days,” she said.

Cundall says that when her electricity was eventually restored, she discovered that there was not enough power to operate her fridge.

“I had to unplug my other appliances just so my fridge would work,”she said.

Cundall says she is fed up with the municipality’s unreliable power supply and is considering whether to buy a generator.

“I’ve resisted for the longest time, but I’m beginning to change my mind. We’re supposed to be getting a direct supply, but when it starts becoming erratic it makes you wonder what’s going to happen during 2010.

“I know people who own B&Bs and they’ve had to fork out large sums for generators because they can’t depend on the electricity supply,” she said.

Msunduzi Municipality strategic executive manager for infrastructure, services and facilities Phil Mashoko said the secondary transformer that burnt out at the Crossways sub-station was fixed the same night.

“At the same time, one of the 11kV lines in Hilton faulted, which affected a small portion of Hilton, Sweetwaters and Phayiphini,” he said.

Mashoko assured The Witness that the power supply to the Hilton area is reliable as the two problematic 33kV lines have been serviced and upgraded. “For the Pine Street sub-station, we are still operating with one transformer and will be until the last week of June. That is when we will have two new transformers installed and working. But we have installed three new 11kV cables as a back-up,” he said.

Mashoko says the first Pine Street sub-station transformer will arrive by May 22, while the second is expected by May 29. Until then, residents should not be affected as back-up plans have been put in place.

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