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West Rand still without power

Businesses in the West Rand continue to lose revenue due to a prolonged power outage.

Businesses in the West Rand continue to lose revenue due to a prolonged power cut. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The current West Rand power outage might be a small taste of what South Africans might have to face if load shedding was implemented this winter.

West Rand residents and businesses in the seven suburbs left in the dark were trying to cope with knowing they would be without power until at least Friday.

The power outage pushed up generator rentals.

On Monday, the utility announced that there was theft of two 33,000 volt cables over the weekend.

The robbery damaged the Florida Glen Substation and power would only be restored by Friday.

Businesses throughout the suburbs were forced to rent generators for thousands of rands or faced losing customers for the entire week.

Zunaib's Halaal Meat Zone manager Ahmed Hansia said the butchery already lost R25,000 in perishable meat products.

"We are losing approximately R2,000 to R3,000 a day on customers that walk in and out."

A fishery restaurant, My Fish, was trying to salvage its seafood stock on Tuesday as the owner Paulo Afonso tried to set up his two generators.

"It is going to cost me money."

City Power apologised for the inconvenience.

But business owners and residents were frustrated that no mobile generators or other assistance were brought in.