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JHB battles electricity and water shortages

Officials say parts of the city are now without water following a power outage in Springs.

FILE: Technicians have been working since Friday to repair a damaged electrical tower which collapsed after essential metals were stolen from the structure. Picture: Faizel Patel via Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - After a widespread power outage in Springs this weekend, Ekurhuleni officials say parts of the city are now without water.

Reservoirs in the area are reported to be dry and authorities say they can't be filled without a steady flow of electricity.

Affected areas include Selection Park, Pollack Park and Wright Park among others.

Technicians have been working since Friday to repair a damaged electrical tower which collapsed after essential metals were stolen from the structure.

Ekurhuleni's Themba Gadebe says officials hope to have both electricity and water restored in the city by this afternoon.

"We had anticipated that power would be back by midnight, but unfortunately due to the extent of the damage the power is expected to be back today in the afternoon.

"Some areas might get power by 12pm, but we expect full power restoration by the afternoon."

The repairs are expected to cost an estimated R30 million.

Meanwhile officials say electricity has been fully restored in Lenasia where residents have been in the dark since Thursday.

City Power's Louis Pieterse says a temporary electrical line has been set up.

"The reconstruction of the line is going to take ten days to two weeks because we have to cast new concrete foundations and that has to set."