Cable fault leaves Mthatha in the dark

A cable fault at one of the biggest power sub-stations in Mthatha has been blamed for a power outage that left several areas in the dark, including the city centre and surrounding townships and suburbs, for several hours from late on Wednesday night until 9am on Thursday.
King Sabata Dalindyebo (KSD) municipal spokesman Sonwabo Mampoza confirmed that the interruption to the electricity supply had been due to faulty power cable at the Sidwadwa sub-station which feeds electricity to the city and a host of residential areas.
“Areas affected include the central business district, Ikhwezi Township and Ikhwezi Lokusa, Ngangelizwe, Norwood, Mdlekeza Park and New Brighton.”
Mampoza told the Daily Dispatch that after 9am on Thursday power had been restored to all areas.
“We urge and advise our customers to report any power failure to our call centre by dialling either 047 501 4334/5, or 047 531 0963/0141,” he added...

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