Pensioners in Northdale had their electrical fixtures explode during a power surge.
FIVE households on Dresda Road in Northdale had all their
appliances blown out by an apparent electrical surge last Tuesday.
Now the residents — all of whom are pensioners — say they will have
to wait as long as six months for the Msunduzi Municipality to say whether the
City will foot the bill for the damage.
Residents claim workers at the City’s insurance division told them
they needed to replace the appliances out of their own pockets, then furnish the
City with receipts. Then the City would let the residents know whether they are
eligible for a refund “after an investigation”.
Lalitha Thaver (63) said she lost a fridge, a deep freeze, a TV and
a set of home monitoring cameras in the surge.
“Municipal workers were changing some cables that supply our homes
and a worker told us they put in the wrong cable which would conduct double the
“All our appliances blew out. Light bulbs were exploding and plugs
caught alight. We were running from house to house trying to help each other.
Imagine if we weren’t at home at the time,” she said.
Thaver said residents had to hire private electricians to restore
the power as the City was not attending to their complaint timeously.
“How are we supposed to replace all our appliances. Where do we get
R5 000 to buy a fridge?”
A business on Chota Motala (Old Greytown) Road has to endure a
spewing sewer every time it rains. The manager of Autoquip Motor Spares and
Accessories, Brandon Singh, said: “Even in the slightest drizzle it overflows,
so this week with the heavy rains it was quite a problem. We assume it is
because the pipe is blocked somewhere.”
He said the driveway becomes strewn with faeces, condoms and
“It’s also costly to clean and to buy disinfectants. We’ve spent
most days this week cleaning outside. It’s a health hazard and it drives our
customers away — who would want to come here with the smell?”
A shop owner at 405 Berg Street said Msunduzi workers dug up the
pavement outside the shop and have left it unsealed for about a year-and-a-half.
He said grass has began growing on the debris City workers used to
cover the site.
Residents have complained that water has gushed from a leak at the
corner of Dolphin Avenue and Deccan Road in Northdale for months. They have
logged complaints, but they have yet to be attended to.
Msunduzi did not respond to queries on any of the above matters.