13 suburbs without electricity as ‘disrespectful’ City Power deals with more than 800 calls

On Monday, City Power reported power outages at multiple substations in Randburg, Roodepoort, and nearby districts.

Customers rushed to Twitter in the early morning hours to report disruptions, with the first set of blackouts being reported around 4 a.m. in Darrenwood and Cresta.

At the time, City Power “[apologized] profusely for the inconveniences caused to residents in Windsor, Cresta, Darrenwood, Robindale, Linden, Randpark Ridge and Blackheath.

The cause of the outage was due to “an Eskom fault and a vandalized transformer”. The power was restored two hours later when Eskom attended to the fault.

Then, in two separate incidents reported at 7:30 am, City Power technicians responded to an outage in Randpark Ridge and Alexandra.

At 9 am, an outage was reported in Selby and Ferreira’s Dorp.

Fifteen minutes later, another outage also affected residents in Fleurhof, Weltevreden Park and Allensnek.

While the cause of most of the faults could not be established immediately, the outage in Fleurhof was due to suspected cable theft.

City Power spokesperson Isaac Mangena said technicians had to deal with more than 800 calls, and approximately 400 of those were logged during the past 24 hours.

“The area with the most call includes Randburg, which had a huge outage last night at the Windsor substation”.

He said the faults had since been resolved, and technicians are now attending to “localized problems after the outage”.

“Roodepoort, Hurtshill are also affected as we also lost Cydna substation this morning which affects Illovo, Melrose and Athol. We suspect cable fault”.

Additional technicians were sent to the field in an attempt to clear out the backlog of no-service calls.

Current electricity outages

At the time of publishing, residents in 13 neighborhoods are still in the dark:

  • Park Central
  • Fleurhof
  • Village Main
  • Newtown
  • New Centre
  • City and Suburban areas
  • Wemmer and surrounding areas
  • Fairway
  • Winstone Ridge
  • Elton Hill Ext 3
  • Melrose North
  • Kentview
  • Illovo Ext 1

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