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Eskom to assess damage after CT pylon collapse

The pylon came down amid inclement weather that lashed Cape Town yesterday.

An electricity pylon has collapsed onto a house in Sunningdale. Picture: Laurene Hall Viljoen.

CAPE TOWN - Eskom says it can only start with repair work to an electrical pylon that collapsed on a house in Sunningdale, once officials have assessed the damage.

The pylon came down amid inclement weather that lashed Cape Town yesterday.

No one was home at the time of the incident.

The power utility's Jolene Henn, says the incident is being investigated.

"One of our Eskom towers in the Bloubergstrand area was blown over. Approximately 36,000 customers were without power supply for about 6 minutes as we reconnected them to an alternative supply point."

At the same time, Strandfontein Road is expected to remain closed for the next three days while repair work is done.

A section of the road was flooded yesterday.

The road between Goven Mbeki and New Ottery, was damaged by the heavy rains which caused a river in the area to flood.

Cape Town Traffic Services' Richard Coleman said, "We've got a river that flows under that road and the sidewall collapsed. No one was injured. We managed to close it in time as it's not safe for any vehicles to travel along that road."