Councillor charged up over outages

THE ongoing power outages in the Glenwood and Umbilo areas has sparked an investigation by the Electricity Department.

Responding to complaints of 13 outages, councillor Mmabatho Tembe requested the investigation into the root cause of continuous outages since June. “These are only cases where reference numbers were given. There could be more which weren’t recorded or reported,” she said regarding the affected Bulwer Road, ZK Matthews Road, Alan Paton Road, Umbilo Road and Helen Joseph Road and surrounding areas.

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“They occur as often as once a week for around two hours at a time. This was not load shedding. The Electricity Department has agreed to do a comprehensive study on underlying causes of the faults. It is a concern as businesses are affected and caused damage to household appliances, not to mention the inconvenience,” she said.

Tembe said in July last year a project had been undertaken to lay new electrical cables in the area but there are still issues. She said the Bulwer substation, built to bring relief and to curb outages in the area was complete, has yet to be switched on.

“I want to assure residents that I am working on this,” she vowed.


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