A major electricity outage is affecting the power supply to many areas of Soweto, Johannesburg. Eskom technicians returned to the site on Saturday, 17 July, after being held hostage on Friday and are working on the issue.

ESKOM TECHNICIANS RETURN TO SITE

The power outage is affecting customers in Chiawelo, Dlamini, Jabavu, Klipspruit, Molofo, Molapo, Moroka, Pimville, Rockville and Senaoane, according to Eskom.

On Friday, technicians were held hostage while working on identifying the cause of the outage, which would enable them to repair the fault and restore electricity to the affected areas.

“Holding our technicians hostage does not only endanger their lives but it also delays the work that has to be done in order to repair and restore supply to affected areas,” said Daphne Mokwena, Eskom’s Customer Service Manager in Gauteng.

“The well-being of our employees is a priority to us. We will always ensure that they operate in areas where their safety is not compromised,” added Mokwena.

The state-owned entity urged the community to cooperate while its workers try to restore electricity to Soweto and appealed to customers to use electricity sparingly and refrain from illegal connections, meter tampering, bypasses and unauthorised operations on Eskom infrastructure as these overload the network and result in trips, power failure and explosions of electricity equipment.

“We will update customers on the progress made as we work in the area,” said Mokwena. “We would like to request customers to allow us to do our work without interference so that we can repair and restore power supply as soon as we are able to.”

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Presh JM Reporter

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