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Major power outage around JHB

Residents say there’s no power throughout the Johannesburg CBD, Mayfair, Fordsburg and other areas.

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JOHANNESBURG - There are reports of a major power failure around Johannesburg.

Eyewitness News has received a number of calls from listeners describing power problems in areas including Mayfair and Fordsburg.

One resident says there's no power throughout the Johannesburg CBD.

"Going up travelling towards Melville, coming toward Cresta into Emmarentia, there is no power in all those places. What are they expecting the public to be doing in the next two hours?"

City Power says it's lost two lines from its main intake substation at Mayfair and other larger substations have been affected.

The utility's General Manager Noel Maso says they hope to have made progress in fixing the problem in the next hour.

"If it's a big issue then we'll have reports of a line down in the road or something must have snapped but it's definitely not load shedding; we are not even running close to peak [hours]."