Thursday, July 12, 2007

Illegal connections the cause for power cuts in Phillipi East

By Celeste Ganga
12 July 2007

The electricity supply in Philippi East and Lower Crossroads has been restored on Monday. This comes after residents were left in the dark since Saturday evening.

“Illegal connections overloaded the network in the area resulting in an internal fault to a transformer. After attempts to repair the transformer it was decided to install a new one,” Eskom Distributional Regional spokesperson, Mbulelo Mvana.

According to residents, numerous calls were made to Eskom to send a technician, but their attempts were unsuccessful.

“Eskom’s technical team worked during the weekend to restore the supply. Unfortunately heavy rain and strong windy conditions were aslo not conducive to ensuring the safety of the employees,” says Mvana.

Mvana added that the support of residents to not interfer with repairs; by taking off pieces of equipment from the Eskom vehicles is vital.

Report any illegal connections to the hotline number on 0860 037 566.


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