UPDATE | Electricity restored to parts of Cape Town

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  • Eskom has been battling a fault at its Tafelbaai substation. 
  • Parts of Cape Town have since been restored with electricity
  • Areas 2 and 7 still remain without power. 

Electricity has been restored to parts of Cape Town after a malfunction at Eskom's Tafelbaai substation caused several areas to be without power for several hours on Saturday.

At the time of publication, areas in zones 2 and 7 were still swathed in darkness. 

According to the City of Cape Town, areas 9 and 15 had its power restored as it had switched those zones to another supply area following the Eskom power line failure. 

Area 2 include Century City, Maitland, Ndabeni, Lagoon Beach and Woodbridge Island and surrounds. 

Area 7 include the CBD, the Atlantic Seaboard, parts of Woodstock and Paarden Eiland.

These areas were affected after an Eskom high voltage line power outage on Saturday and were expected to experience intermittent power supply.

"Customers in these areas might notice their power come back on briefly, and off again. This is due to tripping and is an expected occurrence after such a large outage," said the City.

Eskom Western Cape spokesperson Kyle Cookson said the power utility estimated the power to be restored at 23:00.

The City said power would be restored "soon" as it continued to reconnect electricity area by area to avoid the system being overloaded.

The City stressed there was "currently no load shedding in City-supplied areas".

"If there are areas beside areas 7 and 2 where there are power faults, this is due to normal faults and teams are attending to it," said the City.  

A fault at Eskom's Tafelbaai substation had left large parts of Cape Town without electricity from Saturday afternoon, the power utility had confirmed earlier.

"Eskom operators are currently on site doing inspections to determine the nature of the fault. There is currently no estimated time for electricity restoration, but this will be communicated as soon as it becomes available," said Eskom.

Eskom said it "sincerely apologises to the affected customers and will endeavour to restore supply as soon as possible".   

The City of Cape Town's mayoral committee member for energy and climate change, Beverley van Reenen, said on Saturday shortly after the power outage that a team from the City was conducting a fault-finding exercise.

"The City of Cape Town is aware of a power outage affecting Areas 2, 7, 9 and 15 due to an Eskom overhead line fault. City teams are working with urgency with Eskom to quickly resolve the fault and restore power to all affected areas.

The restoration time remains unclear at this stage. We understand that Eskom is currently starting to patrol its high voltage power lines to see what has caused the large-scale power outage across four supply areas. City teams are stationed at the main feed in switching station awaiting Eskom's feedback so that action can be taken.

"The feed in station links Eskom's supply to the City network. Within about an hour, Eskom and thus the City will likely understand the scale of the situation and what actions can be taken. The City will update its customers again shortly," said Van Reenen.

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Some of the areas affected include the CBD and surrounds, the Atlantic Seaboard and the southern suburbs.

Simon Chogi said he was with friends at a bar when they saw people running into the street in Sea Point.

"We ordered food and the next thing we heard was 'ag no man Eskom' as the power cut out. We all then went outside to see what the f**k was happening," said Chogi.

Vredehoek resident Alex Samuels said she was driving from the CBD to the V&A Waterfront when the traffic lights stopped working.

"There was no warning given that the power would be cut this soon. I hope this is not going to be a long wait for the power to be back on," she added.   

Residents took to social media to raise their concern regarding the outage.

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