Thursday's hot and sticky weather has compounded Durban's electrical issues with several substations blowing up.
Thursday's hot and sticky weather has compounded Durban's electrical issues with several substations blowing up.

Durban residents bear the brunt of Thursday's hot weather after several power stations exploded

By Se-Anne Rall Time of article published Oct 15, 2021

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Durban - Thursday's hot and humid weather has compounded Durban's electricity problems with several substations blowing up.

Last week, IOL reported on the reasons behind so many areas experiencing unplanned power outages.

At the time, City spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela said the wet weather was to blame for the outages.

He said in cases of unexpected or severe weather conditions, there is more power consumption, which puts pressure on the system, leading to more faults than usual.

However, on Friday, Mayisela said the recent extreme hot weather conditions as well as the aftermath of load shedding negatively impacted on the City's power grid.

"Several sub-stations blew up in different parts of the City and many areas experienced power trips," he said.

Mayisela said cable theft also remained a major contributor to outages in certain areas.

"Municipal teams are currently on the ground attending to all affected areas.

While some areas are back on the grid, we continue to work tirelessly to return the situation to normalcy," he said.

eThekwini Municipality has apologised for the inconvenience caused

"We are appealing to the public to bear with us," Mayisela concluded.

So far, the following areas have been affected:

• Shogweni - Ref No.5058317

• Sherwood - Ref No.5058317

• Temple valley - Ref No.5058422

• La lucia - Ref No.5058118

• Redhill/Parkhill/Moreland - Ref No.5058370

• Ntuzuma H - Ref No.5058270

• KwaMakhutha/Newcity - Ref No.5058181

• Longcroft - Ref No.5058315

• Carvesham Glen - Ref No.5058315

• Claire estate - Ref No.5057858/5057609

• Luganda/intake - Ref No.5057549

• Regency park - Ref No.5057557

• Folweni/Nsimbini - Ref No 5057567

• Umbhedula - Ref No.5057700

• Mlazi E - Ref No.5057806

• Templey valley - Ref No.5057852

• Pinetown - Ref No.5058011

• Illovu - Ref No.5058181

• Lenham - Ref No.5058247

• Chesterville - Ref No.5058253

• Greenbury - Ref No.5058295

• Umbumbulu- Swapitsi - Ref No.5058296

• Umhlanga - Ref No.5058310

• Longcroft - Ref No.5058315

• NewGerman - Ref No.5058324

• Escombe - Ref No.5058336

• Tongaat Belgate - Ref No.5058338

• Kwadabeka H - Ref No.5058371

• Silverglen - Ref No.5058375

• Queensburgh - Ref No.5058411

• Westmead - Ref No.5058415

• Wyebank - Ref No.5059008/5058871

• St wendolins - Ref No.5058476

• Dubelands - Ref No.5058478

• Bothashill - Ref No.5058483

• Bayview - Ref No.5058490

• Carrington heights - Ref No.5058497

• Newlands East - Ref No.5058530

• Malvern - Ref No.5058534

• Cowieshill - Ref No.5058562

• Gillits - Ref No.5058573

• Glen Anil - Ref No. 5058611

• Kwalinda - Ref No.5058649

• Mlazi C - Ref No.5058663

• Mpumalanga B - Ref No.5058675

• Grangestown - Ref No.5058676

• Berea west - Ref No.5058721

• KwaMashu G/K/J - Ref No.5059125

• KwaMashu H - 5058378

• Lotus Park - Ref No.5059083

• Bulwer - Ref No.5058767

• Northdene - Ref No.5059276

• New Germany - Ref No.5059171/5059249

• Waterloo - Ref No.5059081

• NewtonA - Ref No.5059097

• Hillary - Ref No .5059210

• KwaDabeka - Ref No.5059299

• Cowieshill - Ref No.5059301

• Umbogintwini - Ref No.5059342

• KwaNyuswa - Ref No.5059345

• Queensburgh - Ref No.5059361

• Westville - Ref No.5059416

• Luganda/Intake - Ref No.5059471

• Madundube - Ref No.5059562

• Newtown A/B/C, Soweto/Mshayazafe/Emachobeni - Ref No.5068523

• Inanda: Matabetulu/Lowermananzi/Phola mission/Ebuhleni /Emzinyathi/Seme - Ref No.5058494

To log faults: email [email protected] or bit.ly/38HTRmL or call 0803111111 Or use the EThekwini Smart App available for Android & iOS.

IOL

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