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Power restored to Cape Town International Airport

This comes after an Eskom substation caught alight early this morning, affecting several businesses.

FILE: Eskom says a fire at its airport substation has affected more than 20,000 of the power utility's customers in the airport industria and surrounding areas. Picture: Andres de Wet/Wikimedia Commons.

CAPE TOWN - Power has been restored to the Cape Town International Airport and surrounding areas after an Eskom substation caught alight.

The unplanned outage affected several businesses in Nyanga, Bishop Lavis and the Airport Industria.

Lights out at Cape Town Airport. Baggage being offloaded manually. @ewnreporter pic.twitter.com/Oth7FUuHL8

The cause of the fire is still unclear.

Eskom's Jolene Henn said, "Our technical staff have managed to restore all the supply this afternoon. All the affected areas were completely brought back online this afternoon."

Eskom says a fire at its airport substation has affected more than 20,000 of the power utility's customers in the airport industria and surrounding areas.

Henn says an investigation has been launched to establish the cause of the fire.

Meanwhile, airport management confirmed flight schedules have been interrupted by up to 30 minutes and flight delays can be expected.

ACSA's Deidre Davids said, "Flights have been affected, but not all flights. In some instances, flights have been delayed by 15 to 30 minutes, but we do hope to get everything on stream as quickly as possible."

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