Power restored in parts of the east

The cables were cut. Photo: Photo: Mari Rheeder

Power is being restored in phases in the Woodhill and Garsfontein areas.

This comes after two feeder cables were stolen in the undeveloped land in The Wilds estate, in ward 91 on Thursday morning.

An attempt to steal the third feeder cable on Friday around 01:30 caused a line overload, which made the power trip.

The Mooikloof line running from Pretorius Park to Mooikloof was affected.

The Mooikloof line runs past The Wilds, an open area currently being developed.

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Areas concerned included mainly Woodhill and surrounds and parts of Garsfontein Extension 10.

Ring feeding was immediately implemented, which means power was re-routed from another sub-station.

The Tshwane metro’s electrical team managed to repair the damaged third feeder cable quite soon, and together with the rerouting put consumers back on load.

But it took longer to replace the 161m of stolen cable.

Councillor for ward 91 Reyaan Uys said he had driven through the ward on Saturday, and the working traffic lights suggested the area for the larger part was again receiving power.

Uys however said as power was being restored in phases a few households or businesses could still be affected.

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Uys said repair works were anticipated to be completed by afternoon on Saturday, but he could not confirm whether the work was on track.

Two councillors in the broken-up ward – Uys and Leo Middelberg – have raised their concerns about the vulnerability of The Wilds area to cable thieves.

“This line gets targeted almost every two weeks,” said Uys.

“It is a large open veld, very secluded, so no eyes to watch over it.”

He said as the metro repaired the line, it was stolen again.

“It’s easy for the thieves as they can see the fresh ground so they know exactly how the line runs.”

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