City Power has experienced high outage calls due to the Joburg thunderstorms on Tuesday night. According to News24, The utility’s spokesperson, Isaac Mangena, reported that teams were dispatched across the city to attend to the outages, although some repairs may occur later due to waterlogged areas.
By Wednesday morning, City Power had received approximately 2,500 outage calls as the heavy rain had caused equipment failure at various substations. Load shedding further compounded the power failures. According to Mangena, cable theft and vandalism incidents in different parts of the city have also contributed to the outage backlogs, leaving many customers without power. The areas affected include Hursthill, Roodepoort, Reuven, Randburg, Lenasia, and Mulbarton.
Despite the utility’s efforts, stretched resources, load shedding, lousy weather, cable theft, and vandalism are causing delays in City Power’s response time. The utility has apologised for the inconvenience caused to customers and is taking measures to mitigate further outages triggered by bad weather conditions. City Power is also intensifying its efforts to remove illegal connections in the city, which pose a danger and result in revenue losses amounting to millions of rands.