Centlec probes cause of blast

2019-11-06 06:00

Centlec, the Mangaung Metro Municipality’s power distributer, is yet to determine the extent of the damages caused by the transformer explosion in Freedom Square, Bloemfontein.

Residents lost their electrical appliances and devices due to voltage surges when the power supply was being restored on 27 October.

Lele Mamatu, Centlec spokesperson, said the total cost of damages incurred by the entity, which includes damages to residents’ property, will be determined upon the completion of an investigation.

He said the faulty transformer was replaced, adding that Andries Mgoqi, Centlec chief executive officer, will study the contents of a preliminary report submitted by Malefane Sekobotho, the executive manager for engineering wires.

“We have appointed an investigation team to determine the cause of the incident. A detailed report on what could have been the problem will be released once the investigation is concluded,” said Mamatu.

He said the Centlec management, together with the office of the Executive Mayor of the Mangaung Metro, Olly Mlamleli, and Chabeli Rampai, ward councillor, will continue to work closely with the affected residents to resolve the issue of the alleged damaged appliances.

To date, 19 claims have been received and pro­cessed to date as confirmed is 19.

“The process of administering claims in accordance with the entity’s claim policy is underway. We wish to thank all affected parties for their cooperation in resolving this matter,” said Mamatu.

Mamatu has advised residents who incurred damages due to the explosion to visit Centlec’s offices at 30 Rhodes Avenue, Oranje­sig, to lodge their claims.

Each case will be treated according to its own merits, he said.

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