04 December 2018
City Power would like to apologize to the residents and business
customers in Doornfontein, Troyville, Jeppestown, and Kazerne for the prolonged
power outage that has interrupted their lives and businesses.
is now feared that the Van Beek oil-filled feeder cable that was damaged
yesterday by a third party contractor will only be restored on Saturday.
damage done on the cable by a fibre optic company is approximately 20 meters
long and it runs across the street. Where the incident happened is right in the
corner which is an awkward space for City Power technicians to work in.
Power technicians are still on site remaining resolute that they will drill the
road, cut the damaged portion of the cable out, replace it with a new
oil-filled cable and lay the sleeve through which the new cable has to be
get a new oil-filled cable working after it has been replaced takes four days
on its own. The reason for this is that oil-filled cables need to be moisture
tested, tested for leaks, tested for carbon content and if there is moisture
and other unwanted material they have to be removed. The cable also needs
to be pressure tested.
situation is made worse by the fact that the third party contractor who damaged
the cable was using the water when he was drilling the area. The area is wet
and our technicians have to make sure that the water does not make its way into
the cable as it might cause another damage.
Power technicians have to make joints between the new cable and the old cable.
This is also another time consuming exercise.
Power technicians started with the repairs on the cable last night and so far
32% of the damaged cable has been repaired and restored. The rest of the
station where the cable feeds from will remain off while repairs are
Power will keep affected customers updated as and when new information becomes
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Isaac Mangena – City Power Spokesperson on