Frequent power outages crippling industry

2016-01-14 06:00

“All supply from Market Substation has been lost affecting a large area of Uitenhage. Staff are attending. No time frame.”

This power outage message on Monday, left many in Despatch and Uitenhage with frustration, starting their business trade for the year without electricity.

Athol Trollip, DA Mayoral Candidate: Nelson Mandela Bay said, “With the entire Uitenhage and Despatch area once again without power, industry is at a standstill and jobs are being lost, because the NMB government does not care enough to build and maintain sustainable infrastructure.”

Trollip condemned the electricity infrastructure crisis that continues to paralyse industry.

“Without an adequate maintenance infrastructure budget, municipal electrical equipment cannot be serviced regularly, which leads to persistent and avoidable power outages.

“We have consistently called for the formation of sub-councils to improve service delivery and technician response time to a forgotten part of the Metro. The Metro’s industrial sector, most of which exists in Uitenhage, is the economic industrial hub of Nelson Mandela Bay and as such needs to be protected from shutdown.”

Trollip said he had written to the Mayoral Committee Member for Infrastructure and Engineering, Andile Mfunda, asking for an immediate intervention plan to prevent future blackouts.

Power supply had been restored on Monday by 13:15.

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