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Probe Initiated to Determine Cause of Joburg Tunnel Fire



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An underground fire disrupted the power supply in Johannesburg on Wednesday, prompting assessments to determine the extent of the damage. Jacaranda FM reports that City Power will evaluate the impact of the fire on the electricity infrastructure on Thursday morning. The blaze, which occurred along the M1 near the CBD, was reported in the early morning, casting a dark smoke cloud over the area.

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Initial investigations suggest that cable theft and vandalism sparked the fire, with a cable connecting the Braamfontein and Fordsburg substations affected. Tools typically used for theft and vandalism, along with a cellphone, were found at the site. As a result, areas including Braamfontein, Newtown, and Parktown remain without electricity.


City Power spokesperson Issac Mangena explained that assessments will guide repair and restoration efforts. Technicians also explore alternative solutions to restore power to affected areas through nearby substations.

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Joburg City Power Cables Ignite, Resulting in Power Outages in CBD, Braamfontein, and Parktown

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