Two of South Africa’s major cities have been plunged into darkness on Saturday, for two very different reasons. Cape Town has been ravaged by adverse weather conditions, but Eskom are taking responsibility for the Johannesburg power cuts. But this point, it doesn’t appear to be the work of a load shedding schedule.
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Eskom addressed the issue via their Twitter account on Saturday. They confirmed that they have a team working on the restoration of power, but as of 16:00, there was still no breakthrough to speak of.
The utility are now warning its customers to treat all electrical points as live, as they are unable to predict when the lights will come back on. The East Rand is currently feeling the strain more than anywhere else.
“Customers [in the East Rand] are experiencing a power outage. Technicians have been dispatched but there is no estimated time of recovery at this stage. For safety reasons, customers are urged to treat all electrical points as live.”
East Rand power outages: Who is affected?
Eskom are putting the issue down to a “cable fault” in the area, and have ruled out suggestions that these latest Johannesburg power cuts are part of the “rolling blackouts” schedule. South Africa has gone three months without the dreaded implementation of load shedding, but Saturday has still proved to be a dark day for the firm.
The following areas of Jozi are currently experiencing a power outage:
- Riverside View
Power outage: Diepsloot and Riverside View
Customers in Diepsloot & Riverside View experiencing a power outage due to a cable fault.
Technicians dispatched. No etr
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) June 22, 2019
Other issues in the area
Meanwhile, according to City Power, a feeder unit that supplies Hopefield had also tripped on Saturday morning. But Forest Town, Parkview and West Cliff have got their power back this afternoon. You can follow the supplier’s Twitter feed to monitor the electricity status of your area here.