Siyamtanda Capa
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26 Apr 2021
06:17

Eskom set to tackle Pietermaritzburg’s power woes

Siyamtanda Capa

Msunduzi Local Municipality is set to sign a three-year long Service Level Agreement (SLA) with Eskom on Wednesday.

Msunduzi Local Municipality is set to sign a three-year long Service Level Agreement (SLA) with Eskom on Wednesday.

They hope this will help tackle power outages that have had residents and businesses at their wits end. The SLA will cover emergency repairs, operations and maintenance as well as infrastructure refurbishments and upgrade

Msunduzi spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said priority areas would be the city’s primary network comprising Mason’s Mill, Retief, Archbell, Pine, Eastwood and Crossways among others.

“As we speak the municipality and Eskom are already on site undertaking all repairs and maintenance work according to the priority order.”
Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson, Thobeka Mafumbatha

Other areas to be included are Mkondeni, Northdale, Hesketh, Riverside, Huwlett, Harp, Petronet, Woodburn and the associated transmission lines.

Mafumbatha said: “As we speak the municipality and Eskom are already on site undertaking all repairs and maintenance work according to the priority order.

In February the council approved R80 million for the refurbishment of the electricity infrastructure following an explosion at the Retief Primary sub-station recently.

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Of this money R50 million will go towards upgrading the medium voltage network upgrade while R5 million will be set aside for the upgrade of the Retief Primary sub-station.

Ten million will go towards the purchase of capital equipment, R9 million will be used for primary substation maintenance and R1 million will be for a meter audit.