No power in parts of Thokoza

2013-08-10 17:01

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Johannesburg - Parts of Thokoza, east of Johannesburg will be without electricity after criminals stole parts and vandalised the main substation in the township, the Ekurhuleni municipality said on Saturday.

The substation was damaged after about 30 000 litres of oil was spilled from the two transformers, municipality spokesperson Sam Modiba said in a statement.

"Our technicians have been busy with clean-up and repair operations while we await delivery of new supplies," he said.

Power would most probably only be restored by Tuesday or Wednesday.

Vandals broke into the station between Thursday night and the early hours of Friday morning.

"[They] stole transformer drain valves, the gate [to the substation], some of the fence poles [and] panel doors.

"[They also] damaged the substation fence," said Modiba.

This resulted in half of Thokoza, which includes a part of the Alrode industrial area, losing power.

The Ekurhuleni municipality apologised for the inconvenience caused and called on community members to assist police in catching the culprits.

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