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City Power as a whole is sitting with around R10 billion debt from non-paying customers. Image: iStock

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Tshwane substation explosion: Restoration set for Wednesday

Tshwane tackles aftermath of Mooikloof substation explosion, located in the capital’s eastern region, estimating restoration time.

22-04-24 20:22
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City Power as a whole is sitting with around R10 billion debt from non-paying customers. Image: iStock

The City of Tshwane is grappling with the aftermath of a devastating explosion outside the Mooikloof substation, located in the east of the capital.

The incident, which occurred late Wednesday night, resulted in a massive fire and extensive damage to critical infrastructure. This left thousands of residents without electricity for an extended period.

According to City of Tshwane, the explosion severely damaged one of the substation’s transformers and panels exacerbating the already precarious power situation in the affected areas.

CITY EXPECTS PHASED POWER RESTORATION TO BEGIN WEDNESDAY NIGHT

As a result, the city has estimated that phased restoration of power to vast areas across the eastern region will commence from late Wednesday night, marking a week since the initial incident.

City of Tshwane spokesperson Lindela Mashigo revealed that operational constraints have hindered progress in restoring power in affected areas.

According to Jacaranda FM, Mashigo outlined restrictions imposed by the estate housing the substation, which limits working hours for repair teams between 7:00 and 23:00, contributing to delays in the restoration process.

“We cannot say who will be first in terms of the areas that will receive power supply,” said Mashigo.

TSHWANE RESIDENTS VOICE CONCERNS OVER SUBSTATION FIRES AND PROLONGED POWER OUTAGES

Residents in the affected communities expressed frustration and concern over the prolonged power outages.

Furthermore, the situation has been further aggravated by severe traffic congestion during peak hours, compounding the inconvenience faced by residents.

SABC reported on the growing apprehension among Tshwane residents. Regarding the recent spate of substation fires, which have significantly disrupted their daily lives. Many residents lamented the challenges posed by the outages, outlining difficulties in performing essential tasks such as bathing and cooking.

“It is very expensive because you have to throw away your food and everything else.”

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