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Power outage in Sebokeng enters second week

“Blockading the roads with burning tyres, debris and all sorts of rubbish will only serve to prolong the process of power restoration to the community of most parts of Sebokeng.”

SEBOKENG.- This was revealed in a WhatsApp communication to residents by Emfuleni Local Municipality (ELM), Ward 36 Councillor, Mpho ‘Fish’ Kolisang who pleaded with the community for patience.

Acts of vandalism at the Seboka Substation are seeing the residents of most zones of Sebokeng experiencing a second week without power supply. Kolisang said that together with the ELM Executive Mayor, Sipho Radebe, a delegation met the national power supplier, Eskom management, this week to plead with them to ‘speed-up’ the process of power supply restoration to the affected zones that include Zones 3, 7, 10, 11, 12 and 6, as well as Small Farms and Evaton among other areas.


Sedibeng Ster reported last week that Eskom said that it had shut down the Seboka Substation between Sebokeng Zone 7 and 10 Extension 3 due to infrastructure vandalism that occurred to it to protect the transformer from further damage or catching fire which could result in an explosion. The substation is said to have been vandalized, panel wiring, and protection cables were also cut creating a major risk to the transformer as its protection was compromised, leaving the power utility with no choice but to shut down the substation. This week Kolisang revealed, in the communication to the community that the delegation met Eskom’s management for an update on the restoration process. He revealed that “a lot of work needs to be done” at the substation and that the community should be patient.


“The problem there is not the same as when cables have been stolen (from a normal transformer). Panels have been damaged and Eskom is trying to find panels to fix the problem and the public is urged to be patient,” Kolisang said, adding that it might happen that power can be restored this week, but patience is needed. He urged the community members to refrain from blocking roads as this does not serve any purpose but instead extends the time for the restoration of power supply.

“If we close the roads, we delay the process of power restoration. Let us be patient and give the team that is busy fixing the problem time to do so.”

In a statement last week, Eskom said that technicians are conducting further assessments to determine the extent of the damages and the equipment required for repairs at the substation in order to estimate when supply can be restored to the affected areas.
“Eskom apologises for the inconvenience caused as it works on repairing the substation and restoring supply to the affected customers,” the power utility said.

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