STORM HITS MATSAPHA, WET WEEK­END

Observer on Saturday - - Front page -

BLACK FRI­DAY: Heavy storm hit sev­eral ar­eas in the Manzini re­gion yes­ter­day on a day dubbed Black Fri­day. It was in­deed a ‘Black Fri­day’ for the Matsapha In­dus­trial area as there was an elec­tric­ity out­age. Roofs were blown away at Mobeni, elec­tric­ity poles and cables were up­rooted dur­ing the storm. SEC has ap­pealed for pa­tience as they try to re­store power.

Swazi­land Elec­tric­ity Com­pany Mar­ket­ing and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­ager Si­fiso Dh­lamini said yes­ter­day’s storm was the worst in years.

He con­firmed that Matsapha In­dus­trial Site was the worst hit, as the en­tire area is in the dark. Other ar­eas that were se­verely hit were Manzini, Mahlanya, Malk­erns, Bhunya, Mankayane and Dwaleni.

“What is worse about this storm is that it af­fected all our ma­jor lines, our sub-sta­tions are in the dark and it will take us some­time to fix the prob­lem.

We will try our best, but we will try to ur­gently at­tend the in­dus­trial area, which is our eco­nomic hub and then move onto the other parts.

Prob­lem

“What com­pounds the prob­lem is that it is our ma­jor lines that are down, it’s rain­ing and roads are slip­pery.

We urge peo­ple to be care­ful of the lines that are down, be­cause some maybe live.

We urge them to call us or the po­lice,” Dh­lamini ap­pealed. He said they are not yet in a po­si­tion to say when the sit­u­a­tion will be sorted given the ex­tent of the dam­age caused by the storm.

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