Collapsed pylons cause mass power outages

Two pylons collapsed in Lenasia after cross members were stolen.

Broken pylons in Lenasia. Picture: Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - City Power technicians are working to repair damaged pylons in Lenasia, with power outages experienced in a number of Gauteng suburbs.

Lenasia residents have been warned they may be without electricity until Saturday afternoon.

City Power's Louis Pieterse says cross members of pylons were stolen, causing the bolts to loosen at the base of a pylon, resulting in the collapse of one of them.

"The next pylon on the circuit also collapsed as a result of the strain."

There are reports of several outages in many areas, including Eldorado Park, Freedom Park, Craighall Park, the Johannesburg CBD, as well as parts of Pretoria.

At the same time, the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality is also working to restore power in the Springs CBD and industrial areas, which have been without power since the early hours of this morning.

Steel and cable theft has been identified as the cause of the power outages on the East Rand.

Officials have not specified when power will be restored in the affected suburbs.

Photos courtesy Faizel Patel via Twitter.