Two Transformers Catch Alight, No Electricity In Roodepoort, Surrounds

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Two transformers have burned down resulting in a complete loss of electricity supply to Johannesburg’s Roodepoort suburbs including Robertsville, Wipsey Dip, Putcoton, and Stormhill.

City Power said Saturday morning that it was attending to an outage affecting some suburbs of Roodepoort “following the fire that gutted at least two transformers early this morning”.

“The fire started after an explosion around 1 am on Saturday which razed down some equipment,” said City Power Spokesperson Isaac Mangena.

“Fire brigades were called and they managed to extinguish the fire by 08:00.”

All the teams are on-site led by the Acting CEO Tshifularo Mashava to start with investigations into the cause of the fire, assess the extent of the damage and the cost of the damage.

“Mop-up operations will also start once the heat in the substation cools down and it’s safe to work,” said Mangena.

“Unfortunately, we are not able to determine when work will be completed and power restored to the affected areas.

“We are also looking at alternatives available on the table including the possibility of back feeding the customers while repair work on the damaged infrastructure continues.

“We apologise to the customers for the inconvenience caused by this.”

UP IN FLAMES: Two transformers caught alight in the early hours of Saturday