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Here are the areas affected by the eThekwini Municipality planned power outage. Pixabay

Eskom: Power outages in Gauteng due to cable theft and technical faults, not load shedding

Gauteng residents experienced power outages across parts of the province since Sunday, 23 December.

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Here are the areas affected by the eThekwini Municipality planned power outage. Pixabay

According to Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe, the outages were unplanned and were either due to cable theft or technical faults from the distribution network.

Load shedding isn’t the culprit

Phasiwe also said that “cable and scrap metal thieves have become more brazen” over the festive season, and added:

“They cut railway tracks with blowtorches, bringing coal exports to a halt; and they also recently cut down 20 electric poles in Carltonville, endangering the safe operations of mines in that area. This is economic sabotage.”

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Areas affected by power outages

Residents experienced power outages in Randpark Ridge, Ruimsig, Amarosa, Wilgehuewel and other suburbs on the West Rand – the outages were not due to load shedding.

Technicians were dispatched to restore power, while a maintenance issue at the Delta substation was responsible for the power outages in Dunkled, Hyde Park, Rosebank, Illovo, Craighall Park, and Saxonwold.

The power outages in Forest Hill, Towerby, Kenilworth, Oakdene and Rosettenville, were due to an electrical fault at the Wemmer distributor, while the outage at Quart Central and Hopefield was due to a distributor tripping.

Eskom addressing pressing issues

Phasiwe also confirmed that Eskom is currently addressing the two most pressing issues, namely its coal supply and maintenance of generating units. The situation is expected to escalate once the schools reopen in January:

“When the schools reopen, and the factories and people come back from their holidays, that will obviously bear a lot of pressure on the national grid.”

Eskom confirmed that the section 189 process for its top executive structure has been concluded and that it will set the energy provider on a new course – a cost-effective, efficient and sustainable course.

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According to a media statement released yesterday, the “new structure has reduced the number of direct reports for the Group Chief Executive to 10 in the short term.”

“This was not an easy process, and I [Phasiwe] appreciate the patience and support of all those involved as we worked to conclude matters as efficiently as possible.”

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