Relief at last: Eskom restores power after 11-day blackout in parts of Mahikeng!
Eskom confirms restoration of power in parts of Mahikeng in the North West after an 11-day power outage. According to Eyewitness News, the power utility said that the Mimosa substation that supplies various areas had exploded, causing a complete power cut in and around the city.
Residents and businesses in the affected areas suffered significant setbacks, with some resorting to borrowing money to survive during the 11-day outage. However, Eskom has confirmed the power restoration, although not all areas will receive supply immediately.
According to Mahikeng ward councillor Arista Annadale, this is due to some electricity lines that were affected by theft and vandalism. “It was the aged infrastructure because the explosion happened just after load shedding. Eskom has been aware for a while now that every time the electricity goes off and back on, something sparks because of the vandalism of some of the mini substations not everyone will be energised…” said Annadale.
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Although restoring power is a welcome relief for Mahikeng residents, the delay in restoring power to all areas is unfortunate. However, Eskom has assured that they are doing their best to resolve the issues caused by vandalism and theft in the affected areas.
The 11-day power outage in Mahikeng highlights the importance of maintaining and upgrading infrastructure to ensure an uninterrupted power supply. In addition, measures should be put in place to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.