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Cold snap leaves many parts of JHB in the dark

City Power says its technicians are trying to restore supply to affected areas around Jo'burg.

FILE: Several protests erupted overnight over electricity cuts. Picture: Freeimages.com

JOHANNESBURG - City Power says it's experiencing a high number of outages across parts of Johannesburg due to the current cold snap.

Several protests erupted overnight over electricity cuts.

Protesters vandalised an ATM, a clothing store and a bakery in Dube, Soweto.

There have also been protests over electricity in Vlakfontein, which saw resident barricade the Golden Highway with burning tyres and rocks.

The utility says its technicians are trying to restore supply to the affected areas.

City Power has also called on Johannesburg residents to help reduce overloading on its infrastructure by using electricity sparingly.

Acting City Power spokesperson Yumna Sheik said, "City Power is experiencing a high number of outages across Johannesburg due to the low temperatures we are experiencing. We have teams that are working throughout the night over the last two nights, trying to restore power in areas that have been affected."

Both Eskom and City Power say their systems are extremely overloaded due to the current low temperatures.

City Power Managing Director Sicelo Xulu says technicians are working to restore electricity to all affected areas.

"We've made sure that we call people back from leave, especially for this long weekend, and we've made sure that we've got plans in place to increase our resources in order to respond as quickly as possible in those areas."

At the same time, Eskom has largely attributed the power outages in Soweto to illegal connections and inefficient use.

The power giant's spokesperson, Daphney Mokwena, said, "What we've seen our customers do is, due to the fact that they don't pay for this electricity, they become wasteful and inefficient in how they use it."

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