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Persistent rain hits Pretoria power

The City of Tshwane says the persistent rain is to blame for widespread outages in Pretoria.

Heavy rains have persisted throughout Gauteng. Picture: iWitness.

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Tshwane has blamed the persistent rain for multiple power failures reported in Pretoria.

Residents have complained about widespread outages in the East and Northern parts of the capital, which have apparently been going on for hours.

A sub-station exploded in Soshanguve on Tuesday apparently while thieves were trying to steal cables.

The Tshwane municipality's Selby Bokaba says these issues are beyond their control.

"We issued a media alert on Tuesday and uploaded it onto our website. We've communicated some of the problems we've encountered. They are not problems that were caused by us but we react to those problems."

FLOOD ALERT

As large parts of the country battle a possible flood crisis due to the relentless rain, a task team, including the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), is on standby and ready to aid flood victims.

Weather SA forecaster Edwin Thema says the downpours are not about to let up.

"We're still expecting widespread showers and thundershowers over the northern and eastern parts of the country. We're on the watch for floods expected in Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the eastern parts of the North West."

The weather service says Gauteng has experienced four times more rain in the past 11 days than expected for the entire month.

The bad weather has wreaked havoc on the country's roads with potholes developing, traffic lights not working and several deaths reported.

An EWN video of a sinkhole caused by the rain in Bryanston.