Parts of Johannesburg without electricity following Roodepoort substation fire

Parts of Johannesburg without electricity following Roodepoort substation fire

Several areas in the north and west of Johannesburg, including Weltevreden Park and Randpark Ridge, are without electricity on Wednesday.

City Power says the outage is due to a fire at one of its substations in Roodepoort. It says the fire started around 06:30 on Wednesday morning, damaging equipment in the substation.

City Power Spokesperson, Isaac Mangena says the blaze has since been extinguished.

“Repairs will only start after the area has cooled off and declared safe to work. Unfortunately, we are unable to give ETR ( Estimated Time of Return/Repair) at the current moment, but based on the extent of the damage caused, we anticipate that it may take about 48hrs to do the repairs and restore electricity to the affected residents. We really apologise to our customers for the inconvenience caused,” says Mangena.

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