Another power outage in Pta East

The Waltloo substation has also fallen victim to cable theft. Photo: Supplied.

Major parts of the east experienced two power outages in a four day period.

On Thursday 6 April, power was out for about two hours. Ward Councillor, Reyaan Uys said the the cause was a lightning strike to the Njala substation in Delmas Road.

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Around 21:00, power came on for a few minutes, but went off again.

“The line isolator was burning so officials had to trip the power.”

Villiera in the Moot, Equestria, Wapadrand, Mooikloof, Faerie Glen, Lynnwood, Moreletta Park, Silverton, Eersterust, Mamelodi, Montana and Doornpoort were affected.

On Sunday around 18:15, power went off again. Uys said this time the cause was that two main feeders between Mooikloof substation and Woodhill substation had been stolen. He said this had resulted in the overloading of the remaining main feeder cables which than caused tripping.

The areas affected were Garsfontein, Pretorius Park, Woodhill and surrounds.

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By Monday, the Woodhill substation was back on again but was being fed by two main feeder cables instead of four . “So it [substation] does operate at full capacity. We ask residents to use electricity cautious [in the area] to avoid any further outages.”

Uys said that cable theft at the Mooikloof substation was especially problematic.

“We are asking any member of the public to donate vehicles to the cable theft unit.”

There are only two vehicles in the city, but Uys said more were needed.

“The cable theft unit arrested five people last month.”

Uys said on Monday that Constantia and Waterkloof also experienced outages.

Uys said that the Watloo substation was also a victim of cable theft on Sunday evening.

He said that the Tshwane metro was on scene to repair the substation.

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