Power re­stored in town

Un­pre­pared black­out causes res­i­dents of Union­dale ma­jor in­con­ve­nience for five hours

The New Age (Gauteng) - - WESTERN CAPE NEWS - MPUMI KIVA news@the­newage.co.za

POWER has at last been re­stored in sev­eral ar­eas of the small town of Union­dale af­ter fre­quent power out­ages.

Com­mu­nity mem­bers spent five hours in a black­out in and around the small farm­ing area of Union­dale in the Ka­roo on Tues­day.

Res­i­dents said the prob­lem started when lights just switched off with­out any warn­ing, caus­ing a ma­jor black­out in the streets, houses and shops.

The sit­u­a­tion forced sev­eral house­holds to use can­dles to bring light to their homes.

Fam­i­lies in­ter­viewed said school chil­dren were hit the hard­est as they were un­able to do their school work.

John­son Mass­dorp, a res­i­dent, said the fre­quent black­outs were caus­ing a lot of strain as it dis­tracted pupils from study­ing.

“We are very dis­turbed by the power cuts be­cause school chil­dren and busi­nesses are the most af­fected,” Mass­dorp said.

“We hope this prob­lem can be re­solved. This is not the first time that power has gone off. It is now be­com­ing a com­mon thing.”

Ge­orge mu­nic­i­pal­ity spokesper­son De­bra Sauer con­firmed the power cuts and said: “Power was off in por­tions of Lyonsville ar­eas and the sew­er­age plant.

“A faulty 11kV ter­mi­na­tion is the cause. Con­trac­tors and mu­nic­i­pal staff are busy with the re­pairs.”

An­other res­i­dent said he was baf­fled when the power just went off with­out any warn­ing last week.

“I was be­gin­ning to cook sup­per when the elec­tric­ity went off,” the res­i­dent said. “We were forced to go to the shops and buy can­dles.

“It was dark out­side and there were no lights in the streets.

“Life with­out elec­tric­ity is re­ally a se­ri­ous prob­lem be­cause we are used to hav­ing it.”

A lo­cal spaza shop owner said: “Five hours with­out elec­tric­ity is a big prob­lem be­cause we have stuff to be sold in the re­frig­er­a­tor.

“That causes a lot of prob­lems be­cause we can’t sell dam­aged or rot­ten food.

“We will be very pleased if the mu­nic­i­pal­ity in­forms us in time be­fore the next power cuts.”

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BLACK­OUT: Power has been re­stored to ar­eas in Union­dale af­ter fre­quent elec­tric­ity out­ages left res­i­dents frus­trated and hav­ing to make use of can­dles.

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