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Darkness in parts of Sinoville after substation fire

The time of restoration is currently unknown after panel 12 in the substation blew up when power was restored after scheduled load-shedding, causing an outage to the areas fed by the substation.

Parts of Sinoville have since Monday night, February 26, been plunged into darkness after a substation caught fire.

Panel 12 in the substation blew up when power was restored after scheduled load-shedding, causing an outage to the areas fed by the substation.

Tshwane emergency services was informed about the incident and dispatched resources to the scene.

Metro spokesperson Lindela Mashigo said the entire substation had to be isolated from the Wonderboom primary distribution station.

“The fire was out by Monday night, however, the temperature on the other panels had been high, resulting in technicians having to wait for the substation to cool down,” said Mashigo.

He said on Tuesday morning, February 27, the cleaning and testing of panels started.

“The city is mindful that customers who are fed from the station are experiencing a blackout and will be kept up to date with progress relating to the repairs underway.”

Mashigo said due to the amount of work to be done, the estimated time for supply restoration is not yet known.

“It is too early to estimate when electricity will be restored, however technicians are working hard to repair the substation.”

He said the city apologised for the inconvenience caused by this unforeseen occurrence.

“Residents will be kept abreast of the developments,” he concluded.

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