A large portion of Pretoria East was plunged into darkness
on Tuesday morning, disrupting the morning commute and infuriating residents.
Naturally, disgruntled residents, who say the blackout came
swiftly and without proper warning or explanation, have taken to social media
to voice their frustrations. According to locals, the worst affected areas are
in Pretoria East and the Moot.
Pretoria power outage: Affected areas
Various surburbs in Pretoria East and Centurion without power due to a 132kV trip at the Njala substation. Technicians attending to problem.
— City of Tshwane (@CityTshwane) June 4, 2019
The City of Tshwane released a statement concerning the
outage, ostensibly, after receiving a barrage of complaints. According to the
municipality, a technical fault at a local substation caused the widespread blackout.
The City of Tshwane explained:
“Various surburbs in Pretoria East and Centurion without power due to a 132kV trip at the Njala substation. Technicians attending to problem.”
Both the City and residents have reported powerlessness in
the following areas:
- Wingate Park
- Moreleta Park
- Faerie Glen
The power outage has wreaked havoc on the daily commute, leading to major congestion on all roads in Pretoria East. Traffic lights are not functional and, as such, motorists are advised to treat all intersections as four-way stops.
The City of Tshwane has urged all commuters to travel with caution.
When will power be restored?
While technicians investigate the substation fault and,
according to the City, work tirelessly to resolve the issue, no estimated time
of completion has yet been given.
This is a developing
story – check back for updates