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Joburg CBD set for another day without power

Large parts of the city centre have been without power since last weekend when copper thieves gained access to an underground tunnel and burnt cables before cutting kilometres of the metal.

FILE: Cables used to restore power in Johannesburg's CBD. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Residents and businesses in the Johannesburg CBD will have to contend with power outages for yet another day, with City Power experiencing further delays in restoring supply.

Large parts of the city centre have been without power since last weekend when copper thieves gained access to an underground tunnel and burnt cables before cutting kilometres of the metal.

The power utility says it has managed to restore electricity to 40% of affected areas and the rest should be reconnected by Tuesday.

Spokesperson Sol Masolo: "It's purely about the amount of work that needs to be done as well as the conditions under which our guys are working. There is also the distances that needs to be covered. As we said, we're covering about 9km of tunnel that we need to work in, so that makes it difficult for our guys to work fast."

WATCH: City Power: Cable repair & restoration underway

City Power says that it it currently testing newly installed cables and other equipment as it works to restore electricity to the CBD.

It says that this is a necessary and critical step which must take place before any of the newly installed equipment is energised.

IPID OFFICE

The Ipid offices on Jeppe Street have also been affected and staff have been relocated to the Gauteng district office in Pretoria.

Residents and stakeholders have been advised to direct their complaints and queries to the Gauteng district office on 012 399 0000.

The provincial office will resume operations in Johannesburg once electricity supply is restored.

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