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By Cheryl Kahla

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Dark days in Buccleuch: 5-day power outage should be resolved today – Eskom

A five-day power outage has hit residents of Buccleuch and Waterfall, triggered by network faults and vandalism. Eskom said repairs are underway.


Eskom said it is working round-the-clock to restore power to Buccleuch and Waterfall after recent incidents of vandalism and theft.

Residents of Buccleuch and Waterfall in Johannesburg have been grappling with a five-day power outage due to network faults, as well as a spate of theft and vandalism.

Buccleuch power outage

The incident has prompted an all-hands-on-deck response from Eskom, with technicians reportedly labouring night and day to restore the power supply.

The power utility said the scale of damage to the electricity supply cables serving these areas is considerable.

This, in turn, leads to a delay in power restoration for the affected customers. Despite the severity of the damage, Eskom said it’s all hands on deck.

Repairs are underway

Technicians have been at the scene since the blackout started and have made substantial headway towards completing the repairs, according to Eskom.

Eskom admitted that network faults are part of the issue, adding that recurring theft and vandalism of electricity equipment is only exacerbating the situation.

Eskom’s maintenance and operations senior manager in Gauteng, Mashangu Xivambu, said the power utility is strengthening its efforts to counteract frequent supply disruptions.

Restoration time

Xivambu also offered an apology for the inconvenience caused by the power outage, assuring residents that they anticipate restoring power by 2pm this afternoon.

Xivambu said: “This is an attempt to safeguard not only against network faults but also against rampant theft and vandalism”.

He went a step further, urging the public to join forces with Eskom in this battle against infrastructure theft and vandalism by reporting incidents on 0800 112 722.

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