Cape Town hit by massive power outage

2012-10-29 14:16

Cape Town - Large parts of Cape Town's southern suburbs were left without power on Monday.

The outages affected Observatory, Athlone, Epping, Maitland, Langa, Woodstock, Thornton, Rondebosch and many surrounding areas.

The city's electricity services confirmed there was an electrical failure on the network and that they were unable to predict how long the outage would last until they determined the extent of the damage.

"The cause of electricity outage in southern areas of Cape Town is fault at Athlone switching station," the City of Cape Town's Kylie Hatton said on Twitter.

Technicians were on site and working on the problem.

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  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-10-29 14:49

    Naughty Lady Zille, pay your accounts on time, smile

      luther.kingsley.5 - 2012-10-29 15:58

      Gary you probably meant it sarcastically, cause in other provinces the electricity and water gets cut off when the municipalities fail to pay - NOT HERE IN THE WC, our leaders have integrity and savvy.

  • Andrea - 2012-10-29 14:53

    If only that massive tarrif hike and the future fortunes can be redirected to upgrading our existing power plants, instead we have to read about the billions and billions in profits and executives' performance bonuses, yada yada yada, so sick and tired of this now.

  • stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-29 14:58

    Sabotage by Sharks and Bulls supporters!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-10-29 15:10

      Na, we not like you lot... I was in the stadium on saturday, the WP supporters only knew the Afrikaans version of the national anthem.. I rest my case ;)

      indianajohn - 2012-10-29 15:13


      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-29 16:09

      Ha Ha, it must be true as the Northern sub. had no problems. WP supporters is still in a party mode.

      john.kirkwood.9619 - 2012-10-29 16:11

      was a good game sharks wernt good enough on the day, think plumbtree shouldt have made the changes,from a lions supporter was a entertaining game and good to watch, lucky the lights didnt go out, thousand thumbs down to escom.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-29 16:53

      @PointBlank: It's because we hayikona kuluma isiZulu here in the fairest Cape :-)

      wayne.m.tomlinson - 2012-10-29 17:09

      Thank You point blank, seems like there are a small gang of idiots writing on news 24 who no matter how solid or irrefutable the evidence is, will continue to act uneducated and biased towards anything white and most importantly, afrikaans, and even more importantly there beloved Cape Town... Which I truly hope is invaded by more and more poor people who will make living in their pretty suburbs a little less pretty. They really are a nauseating naive bunch who will continue only singing their beloved "Die Stem" until they are racially diluted and find that their beloved culture is no longer relevant nor worth anyones attention. I am 3/4 Afrikaans and 1/4 english, maar ek dink ons nasie is n klomp idiote. I shudder to have the blood of a bunch of primitive Europeans who up until 1900 could mostly only read the bible... I think my oppinion is clear now. and await the marauding "Rugby playing, braaing, wife beating, die stem singing," bunch to comment. Your stereotypical comments are expected...

      Maxodin - 2012-10-30 03:07

      @wayne if ever I have seen a quintessential, stereotype of a racist bigot it's you. All of the black people I know, only know nkosi sikelele, all the coloureds as well. All the white people know half of nkosi and die stem and not the English version. Obviously you have a thing against northern suburbs people but you are sorely misguided bra. South Africa is filled with people like you who have never bothered to make the effort and see things from a different perspective. You son are racist. Klaar finish. Grow a pair, meet new people. Buy a place in the northern subs. It's great here even for people like you.

      Maxodin - 2012-10-30 03:14

      Ps it doesn't matter how much of what you race you are. As long as you give a race a scathing review based on your opinion you are racist and it stops you from growing and changing and we all know that to change the world we must first change ourselves. Pot & kettle. No one race is better than the other. We are all equal. It is our attitudes that make us better. I think we coloureds

  • indianajohn - 2012-10-29 15:13

    It's back! Thanks to everyone who worked on getting things back to normal. I had a great day in the garden.

  • shaheen.moolla - 2012-10-29 15:31

    Even with localised power outage, you have city of cape town regularly updating citizens via Twitter and the Premier keeping citizens up-to-date because they understand how critical electricity is to life and to business.

      ntokozoe - 2012-10-29 16:12

      wat do u say bout dose hu ndt hv access to twitter?

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-29 16:59

      Eish, ntokozoe, no need to call them "dose"!

  • ashwin.leckram - 2012-10-29 16:12

    blame aparthied....No wait, blame ANC.... no wait, blame wait, blame the peeps stealing connection - free of charge. Part of the ANC election campaign, was it not? Free schools, free water, free electricity, free houses, freedom of expression.

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-10-29 16:15

    I'd call that a power outrage!

  • craig.thom.376 - 2012-10-29 19:49

    Not to worry Capetonians won't even notice!

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