Arts Fes­ti­val hit by ma­jor power fail­ure

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GRA­HAM­STOWN was hit by two ma­jor power fail­ures on Mon­day evening – last­ing about five hours in to­tal – and both were at­trib­uted to the high winds ex­pe­ri­enced in the dis­trict at the time and which led to Eskom trans­form­ers trip­ping.

Thou­sands of vis­i­tors have de­scended upon Gra­ham­stown for the an­nual Na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val, and they and res­i­dents were ex­pe­ri­enc­ing ex­tremely cold weather at the time of the power fail­ures. While some of the fes­ti­val shows on of­fer at the time of the power fail­ures were equipped with their own gen­er­a­tors, oth­ers were not, and many shows were left in the dark and can­celled.

The big­ger su­per­mar­kets and restau­rants have their own back-up gen­er­a­tors, and it was busi­ness as usual on a very cold Mon­day night in a Gra­ham­stown that was be­ing buf­feted by ex­cep­tion­ally high winds.

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