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City Power to restore power in parts of Joburg from Saturday

City Power says that restoring power to the area is a complicated operation.

This picture shows the City of Johannesburg. Picture: Pixabay.com.

JOHANNESBURG – Bad news for residents and businesses in central Johannesburg who have been badly affected by an electricity outage, as power will only be restored to the area from Saturday.

Copper thieves gained access to the underground tunnels at the weekend, where they burnt cables before cutting off kilometres of the expensive metal.

This plunged most of the CBD into darkness.

City Power says that restoring power to the area is a complicated operation.

The utility’s Sol Masolo says: “It is within confined spaces on the ground in the tunnel. There’s a lot of cables that burnt and there’s a lot of them that were damaged and the length of the tunnel is quite long. It’s about 9km long.”

Technical advisor at the South African Revenue Protection Association, Rens Bindeman, says that copper theft costs the country up to R11 billion a year.

“The biggest problem that we have is that there’s so much copper available you can just take it, especially in Joburg areas. There’s a lot of it around.”