Blackout leaves Cape Town powerless

2011-09-28 11:15

Cape Town – A municipal blackout plunged Cape Town into darkness on Wednesday morning, just after 11:00.

Capetonians from around the Peninsula were left without power. News24 received reports from the following areas: Goodwood, Rondebosch, Parow, Milnerton, Hazendal, Woodstock, Observatory, Plumstead, Newlands, Westlake, Glencairn, Mowbray, Rocklands and Salt River.

"I work in the Civic Centre in the CPT CBD and we're in complete darkness. Needless to say, no one's complaining!" Samora Jwabi said via Facebook.

"Stuck in a restuarant in Canal Walk. Can't draw cash, can't use the cards...." user Gavin McJannet said.

"Perfect timing! Power went out after I inserted my atm card. Now i'm stuck in town with zero cash on me," said Stephen James Williams.

"No power in Glencairn. Just in time for me to catch up on all the work I missed yesterday for procrastinating on the beach most the day!" said Adele Kendall.

Eskom could not provide News24 with further information. Attempts to contact the City of Cape Town were unsuccessful.

  • ANC Comrade - 2011-09-28 11:20

    We got a genratory here but it is man powered!

      Dirk du Plessis - 2011-09-28 11:45

      Learn to spell or go and turn the generator! - 2011-09-28 11:55

      typical ANC Comrade - should be woman powered then maybe it will work,

      Marius - 2011-09-28 12:06 good idea send the women to turn the generator, men have more important things to do.

      ANC Comrade - 2011-09-28 12:12

      @ Dirk I will ask some of the white okes to go turn it, while I check my spellchecker.

      toleranne - 2011-09-28 12:59

      Women turn the generators every day, literally & figuratively, with no fuss, keeping everything running, while the men prance & posture & imagine they are the lords of creation. What important things, Marius? since the power is out - pissing contests? ... or maybe comparing beer belly sizes?

      RobertKay - 2011-09-28 13:20

      Ja, us too as well also. We have 16 bicycles with small gennies but it don't work too long as the wukkers get tired!

      AJ2 - 2011-09-28 15:35

      If only the comments following an article were listed in order of 'useful content' as opposed to 'time posted', we would not have to wade through this..

      czovczov - 2011-09-30 06:45

      Join the group THE SOUTH AFRICA I WANT. THE SOUTH AFRICA I DESERVE on Facebook for mature and constructive discussions on issues affecting our South Africa today.

  • Jo - 2011-09-28 11:20

    lights off, but online - viva generators, I guess! :)

      czovczov - 2011-09-30 06:45

      Join the group THE SOUTH AFRICA I WANT. THE SOUTH AFRICA I DESERVE on Facebook for mature and constructive discussions on issues affecting our South Africa today.

  • Pieter Olivier - 2011-09-28 11:21

    ...into darkness just after 11:00?

      Estrelita Moses - 2011-09-28 11:45

      Most people work in buildings that rely on overhead lighting, and not natural light. It is pretty dark in most buildings.

      John Right - 2011-09-28 13:06

      @Estrelita Moses - Maybe if we open the blinds and let in the Natural light more we could turn the lights off more and save some electricity. Then there wouldn't be a 40% hike in Municipal charges because it wouldn't be needed.

  • THE-SRG - 2011-09-28 11:22

    Excuse the pun on the headline

      Ingie - 2011-09-28 13:27


      100%RSA - 2011-09-29 13:30

      haha - very witty mate, good spot THE-SRG

  • Diggy - 2011-09-28 11:22

    Its 11AM, Darkness? (oo,)

  • Dave - 2011-09-28 11:23

    Well run city my foot.

      Sighnide - 2011-09-28 11:30

      Eishkom looks after power you chop, parastatal run but ANC deployed cadres.

      IsThatAFact - 2011-09-28 11:46

      Try living in some other city's

      lacisnesnon - 2011-09-28 12:11

      lol they have nothing to do with it. These things happen. You cant have a redundant system consisting of 100 supply sources...

      Enigma - 2011-09-28 12:32

      Eishkom ons gaan 'n buur drink Sighnide...LOL

      Fat Rucker - 2011-09-28 13:07

      Don't go there, Dave. They're a sensitive, humourless bunch, these Capetonians...

      York Hunt - 2011-09-28 13:21

      @Dave. You just threw your name away, Dave. ESKOM is NOT run by the City of Cape Town. Your comment was thoughtless, baseless and... well, just stupid!

      Tolerant - 2011-09-28 15:04

      No not well run, best run in SA. The power was out for less than 3 hours, first hickup in years, eskom was at fault.

      Dave - 2011-09-28 16:07

      Eish people, can't we laugh a little? Why call me an idiot when I was trying to get us chuckle a bit? Do you honestly think I don't know who provides the city of Cave Town with electricity? Yes, Cave Town!

      ex-pat - 2011-09-28 17:43

      @IsThatAFact: "in some othr city's" what?

      demonsofhate - 2011-09-30 05:47

      @Dave You fail!

  • Ricardo - 2011-09-28 11:23

    viva notebooks and 3g cards......

  • PilgrimX - 2011-09-28 11:24

    A major city without power for two days and longer - the effects could be similar to that of a natural disaster.

      Logoll - 2011-09-28 12:36

      the power is already back on in most areas it was out for about an hour where do you get two days from ?

  • EasyAs - 2011-09-28 11:24

    sigh...generators kicked continues :-(

  • charliewoo - 2011-09-28 11:25

    What a dark day for Capetonians!

  • JackBouer24 - 2011-09-28 11:29

    Funny, same thing happened last night in Durbanville and Constantia, are we on load shedding again..? Where do they get these News24 reporters...plunged into darkness at a blind...

      Benny66 - 2011-09-28 16:42

      How could they? It was too dark to see the blind to open it! Or so the city slickers who welcomed the break from work, would argue.

  • Mizer - 2011-09-28 11:29

    I thought Cpt never exprienced things like this.Who's in denial now?

      troffel - 2011-09-28 11:38

      Your thoughts clearly accumulate from your nether region.

      Queen_Elizabeth - 2011-09-28 11:38

      this is got jack to do with cape town muncipality- who's looking stupid now?

      NWO - 2011-09-28 11:45

      Are you for real?? Suppose we are fortunate that you don't live here. You'd just drop the average IQ. Go on and vote for that minister that's busy investigating the cause of lightning. I'm sure you'll find some sinister 3rd force or some old white supremacist behind all this.

      Mizer - 2011-09-28 11:56

      @NWO...I'm just having a laugh.I knew that those who think are clever will be the first to attack.Proves the level of their IQ.

  • smythem - 2011-09-28 11:31

    Very bad communication from the City of Cape Town, at least they should post some update on their website as to what the problem is.

  • Darwinian - 2011-09-28 11:32

    Welcome to the rest of south africa, where every thing is already blacked-out...

  • Janice - 2011-09-28 11:32

    How convenient!!! Cannot get hold of eskom!!! WTF???

  • debbie.van.niekerk - 2011-09-28 11:32

    Eskom did let all business owners in Montague Gardens know there was going to be no power....

  • deadbolt101 - 2011-09-28 11:33

    Typical, can't even get hold of the people in charge of our power...

  • ChrisKhoza - 2011-09-28 11:34

    "A municipal blackout plunged Cape Town into darkness on Wednesday morning, just after 11:00." Wow, how can it be possible that Cape Town can be plunged into 'darkness' during the broad daylight? Yes Cape Town experienced power failure but definitely NOT darkness during the day.

      Dr.T - 2011-09-28 11:41

      Whiteout leaves Cape Town powerless

      ex-pat - 2011-09-28 17:45

      Good one, Dr T - I wonder how many will get it?

      Pennylope - 2011-09-28 23:21

      Love your comment Dr.T. Classic!

  • Angie Mansa - 2011-09-28 11:36

    hahah News24 really comes up with some funny stuff. Maybe someone should go sell some candles outside whahahahaha - plunged into darkness in the middle of the morning - wow Global Warming is worse than I thought.

      Crispy_Duck - 2011-09-28 11:52

      Maybe it's the start of the Nuclear winter?

      Thomas - 2011-09-28 12:39

      like they said in a another post in this thread, most buildings and office's work with over head light and as such, if the power goes out, it's dark! Now before anyone says anything about my spelling, I'm afrikaans! and if you want to make a remark about it still then why not type in afrikaans and let me do a spellcheck and grammar check... fair is fair after all...

      ousie - 2011-09-28 15:40

      Thomas, just two errors. offices, not office's. And overhead not over head. Now for the Afrikaans version: Soos hulle gese het in n vorige pos op hierdie draad, meeste geboue en kantoore werk met oorkopse lig, en dus wanneer die krag uit is, is dit donker. Hahahahaha! I love my Afrikaans!

      Angie Mansa - 2011-09-29 14:46

      Actually Thomas, well done for going to the trouble of writing in English in response to an English article. My Afrikaans is terrible so dont ever bother to read the Afrikaans responses to an English article. But by the way - Dont take life so seriously after all as we all know none of us get out alive.

      cookEmonster - 2011-09-29 16:25

      Ousie, dis 'n nie n nie. Oorhoofse ligte nie oorkopse ligte nie. There's more, but I don't feel like going there. My point being? Don't be such a bitch.

  • andre74 - 2011-09-28 11:37

    I hope it is a solar flare - grab some welding goggles and have a look at the sun - there is a black spot smack bang in the middle of the sun.....

      Madam L - 2011-09-28 11:51

      now where did I put my welding goggles?

      JacobR - 2011-09-28 12:35

      Quite possible, but then it would have affected other parts of the world. Check the solar flare here

  • Nicole - 2011-09-28 11:38

    LOGOMOTIF MANUFACTURING are still going strong thanks to the lovely generator at our business park. Drive safely.

  • IC1 - 2011-09-28 11:39

    "I work in the Civic Centre in the CPT CBD and we're in complete darkness. Needless to say, no one's complaining!" Samora Jwabi said via Facebook." Govt employee LOL what a surprise lol

      chingon - 2011-09-28 12:53

      civic centre would be local government ie council/municipality. The national government has many employees of the type you are referring to, but in this case your comment is misdirected.

      IC1 - 2011-09-28 14:00

      WTFeva chingon, if the shoe fits ware it

      ousie - 2011-09-28 15:42

      i.e. a DA employee! kwankwakwaaaa

  • Boxxer - 2011-09-28 11:40

    Shocking service.

  • Dirk du Plessis - 2011-09-28 11:42


  • PDiv se Snor - 2011-09-28 11:42

    GARDENS is down! dammit! Dark boardroom!

  • Patrick - 2011-09-28 11:43

    We have power in Durbanville

  • MJR - 2011-09-28 11:43

    LOL - A Powerout Sparks A political Arguement, haha - I LOVE SOUTH AFRICA

      Krebo - 2011-09-28 13:18

      @ MJR : My sentiments exactly. It's like they couldn't wait to get started. lol Would've liked to have seen the bicker if it was a solar flare. Who's fault would that be? :)

      IC1 - 2011-09-28 14:03

      @Krebo: Apartheid??

  • Dumba1234 - 2011-09-28 11:44

    What else will a Black out do, yes it will leave you powerless, LMAO

  • Neil Kroese - 2011-09-28 11:46

    Looking at the comments here..God knows how divided we have become...

      K_za - 2011-09-28 14:20

      Neil---you know what they say about empty vessels. There are clearly a few here. Don't let it get to you.

  • Cumtree - 2011-09-28 11:46

    What a joke. An entire city is down? Called Eskom to find out what the story was only to hear that they do not service the Cape Town aresa. Gave me 2 other numbers to call but suprise suprise both were constantly engaged. Seems nobody wants to take responsibility for this blackout

  • Playnice - 2011-09-28 11:46

    Go chill on the beach guys

      Warren G - 2011-09-29 13:34

      seems you might have been attacked by a shark in that case...oh dear

  • chiepner - 2011-09-28 11:47

    Yet, next year the Eskom execs will justify their 150% salary increase and the million rand bonus they gave themselves......

  • one-way - 2011-09-28 11:48

    "Powerless against the Power Outage", would have been so much brighter than any allusion to blackout. Politically correct as well.

  • majents.majida - 2011-09-28 11:48

    yeah yeah..... so what just buy a generator and a gas stove and stop complaining what did you expect?

  • Jo-Anne Cloete - 2011-09-28 11:49

    Hehehe we've got electricity again! Wonder for how long....

  • dfoxcroftlouw - 2011-09-28 11:51

    Correction for news24 - its daytime, sun is shining - where do you see the darkness????

      Cire - 2011-09-28 11:54

      Indoors perhaps?

      mozzer - 2011-09-29 14:39

      Cire, Open the blinds mate

  • IC1 - 2011-09-28 11:51

    Back in the day he would have been hunted down by the cops LOL

  • lisa.basson2 - 2011-09-28 11:52

    We have power in Table View, bummer!!!

  • Agent Bastad - 2011-09-28 11:53

    My employer was cute enough to install a diesel generator after the 2008 "incidents", so now we get to keep on working regardless. Although sans airconditioning and proper lighting;)

  • DanglyBits - 2011-09-28 11:54

    Maybe Mr Dames can start up his Helicopter and connect it to the Grid -- A... hole

  • mskittylicious - 2011-09-28 11:54

    We have power in the Northern Subs.

  • Kurt Schaetzing - 2011-09-28 11:55

    Jhb Down too?! WTF? Must be Anc's fault then LOL, cos DA aren't running that one! MWHAHAHAHA...

      AGED - 2011-09-28 12:28

      Was JHB also affected and was any other places in SA affected

  • Glenn - 2011-09-28 11:55

    Eskom is not responsible - all they do is supply power to cape town , its the municipality that's down .

  • Nick Vorster - 2011-09-28 11:56

    Just Received comunication form the City. "Eskom has lost supply to one of their stations. The matter has been reported and is receiving attention." "Unfortunately Eskom is unable to say what the cause of the fault is or when supply will be restored"

      Ingie - 2011-09-28 12:27


  • Simon - 2011-09-28 11:56

    We have power at Web Africa... it's called GENERATORS If you're an ISP and you dont have a Generator, you should bother trying to be one.

  • adrian.reddy - 2011-09-28 11:57

    UCT is in complete darkness. Lectures aren’t able to continue, but I'm not complaining.

  • andre74 - 2011-09-28 11:58

    power back in Salt river.... has anybody looked at the sun via some welding goggle - there is a black spot in the middle of it - perhaps a sun spot working up to a solar flare??

      AGED - 2011-09-28 12:17

      If there is a "black dot " in the middle of the sun ,we are in DEEEEEP Sh1t

      Nick Vorster - 2011-09-28 12:25

      i agree.. this could very well be as a result of a CME.

      Tracey - 2011-09-28 12:38

      May i ask why @Aged????

      EmptyCan - 2011-09-28 13:11

      Malema trying to nationalise the sun maybe?

  • Nick Vorster - 2011-09-28 11:59

    Just recvieved further update from the city, "Eskom have experienced a fault on their network. The matter has been reported and is receiving attention. Supply should be restored within 3 hours."

  • Orosman - 2011-09-28 11:59

    we have power at Tank. Generator

  • JacobR - 2011-09-28 12:00

    Question: if Eskom is constantly increasing its tariffs, and we start to use less electricity as a result, surely Eskom's revenue would decrease and so they'll have to increase tariffs again? Or are they increasing tariffs exactly because we're already using less electricity and so they're getting lower revenue as a result?