Thu. Jul 18th, 2019

Durban power outage: eThekwini Municipality investigating the cause

Eskom tariffs hikeTechnicians are looking into the root cause of the outage.

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The eThekwini Municipality, on Tuesday, issued a notice that it was aware of the Durban power outage that has left most parts of the CBD without electricity.

The municipality noted that it has not yet uncovered the root cause of the outage. In a tweet, they assured civilians that technicians were hard at work trying to identify the problem and fix it as soon as humanly possible.

What caused the Durban power outage?

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the municipality’s spokesperson, Msawakhe Mayisela, revealed that the outages were felt by the greater Durban area from 6:00.

“We want to apologise to all our residents and the business community – more especially in the inner city and neighbouring suburbs like Glenwood.

“We have also dispatched our Metro Police officers in strategic, major intersections to control traffic. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience to motorists. We are very hopeful the situation will be back to normal,”

As far as we know, some areas have had their power restored. However, according to Mayisela, these are the affected areas:

  • City Central;
  • Beachwalk;
  • Cato St;
  • Addington Major;
  • Alice St Major;
  • Jameson Park;
  • Dalton Major Congella & Gyles

This is the second random outage that has occurred in one day.

Other areas that experienced outages

Orange Farm, Gauteng

On Monday, in the Orange Farm region, Gauteng, Eskom notified customers of a power outage that was caused by a major network fault.

In a statement, the power utility revealed that “due to the complex nature of the fault, the time of restoration cannot be estimated”.

“Eskom technicians have been working around the clock to restore electricity supply to parts of the Orange Farm area after a power outage due to a major fault on the network on Saturday, 18 May,” Eskom explained.

Planned maintenance in Limpopo

Furthermore, the power utility also notified its customers in Ramokgopa, ga-Chewe, Molotong, Eisleben, Ga-Moganya, Riverside and Greenside, in Limpopo, of power outages that will take place between 6:00 and 18:00 on Thursday, 23 May.

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When will Durban’s power be restored?

The local municipality in Durban has not been able to establish when the power outage will be resolved. For now, it is a waiting game for residents of the city’s CBD.

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