South Africa 3.7.2014 03:12 pm

Power restored to Centurion

FILE PICTURE: Former Executive Mayor of Tshwane Kgosientso Ramokgopa. Picture: Christine Vermooten

FILE PICTURE: Former Executive Mayor of Tshwane Kgosientso Ramokgopa. Picture: Christine Vermooten

Power has been restored to the affected parts of Centurion after residents were without electricity since Sunday because of vandalism.

City of Tshwane spokesperson Blessing Manale said the affected areas were all up and running with electricity by 6am on Thursday morning.

Large parts of Centurion were left without electricity due to the theft of cables and vandalism at the Brakfontein and Kentron sub-stations. Affected areas included Ecopark, Rooihuiskraal, Centurion CBD, Swartkop, Highveld, Noordwes, Wierda Park and Amberfield.

Electricity started being restored to some areas from Tuesday.

Tshwane’s major Kgosientso Ramokgopa held a press briefing on Wednesday, addressing the criminal issues that led to the major power outage.

“I want to express our sincerest apologies to the residents of Tshwane, especially in the affected areas. This power has an economic cost to many families,” said Ramokgopa.

He added that the criminal investigations into the stripping of the Brakfontein substations would include municipal employees as it could have been an inside job.

“This is someone with the right of access… at the substation. We have reason to believe that with that information, we can point the law enforcement agencies into the right direction, including our own employees and contractors,” said Ramokgopa.

Ramokgopa said saboteurs were targeting the city’s infrastructure. Extra security measures would be implemented.

“We think that this amounts to sabotage, just to undermine the economy of the capital city and the nation in general.

“We have escalated the matter to various law enforcement agencies at a national level. There must be some degree of intelligence gathering capacity to help us resolve this problem.”

 

 

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