At least twenty substations have been affected by a trip on an Eskom line, leaving several Johannesburg suburbs without power.
Johannesburg suburbs including Sandton, Midrand, Alexandra, Randburg, Auckland Park and Braamfontein, were struck by a power outage on Friday afternoon, 8 March 2019. This after an Eskom line tripped and left twenty substations powerless. Each substation services at least ten suburbs.
Speaking to eNCA, City Power Isaac Mangena confirmed that the central and northern suburbs were affected. “We are currently working closely with Eskom to try and find the source of this fault, but also to try and restore power to the areas that are affected,” he said.
Mangena confirmed that, even though power outages usually affect water supply, there has not been any reported water outages. He commented that the power outage would affect businesses and traffic the most. “The only impact [the power outage] will have is on businesses, especially around Sandton, Hyde Park and even Midrand. Also, traffic, because the lights are not on. That is the immediate impact we see,” he continued.
Eskom technicians are reportedly on site to determine the cause of the outage and to try and restore power before the evening. Mangena says there is presently no estimated time for the return of power.
On Thursday, 7 March 2019, Eskom had issued a statement warning of a high possibility of load shedding, saying that it will only be implemented if absolutely necessary.
At about 15:23 on Friday, 8 March 2019, Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe tweeted that power had been restored in large parts of Rivonia and Sandton. He added that the power utility was now working on restoring power in Midrand.