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Power outage in West Rand

Suburbs on Johannesburg’s West Rand will be without electricity due to cable theft.

Technicians working on electricity problems in Johannesburg. Picture: Clare Matthes/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - City Power at the weekend said residents on the West Rand may not have power for the next three to four days after major cable theft crippled the Florida Glen substation.

Residents in Quellerina, Klipspruit, Bergbron and other suburbs on the West Rand first lost power on Sunday afternoon after two 33,000 volt cables were damaged by cable thieves.

City Power's Louis Pieterse said these particular cables were not easy to replace and may take three to four days to repair.

"Oil was drained from the cables and therefore the cables need to be repaired and then filled up with oil to get back to pressure. At this stage it looks as though it's going to take up to four days.

The utility has apologised to those inconvenienced.