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City Power to ‘gradually restore’ power to Alexandra

Large parts of the township were plunged into darkness when criminals attempted to steal copper cables before the station tripped and exploded earlier this week, leaving residents without power for at least four days.

City Power workers weld up an electricity power box to prevent access to cable thieves and vandals. Picture: @JoburgMPD/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - City Power says it will gradually restore power to most parts of Alexandra on Saturday following an explosion at its Vasco Da Gama substation.

Large parts of the township were plunged into darkness when criminals attempted to steal copper cables before the station tripped and exploded earlier this week, leaving residents without power for at least four days.

City Power's Isaac Mangena said the repair work was delayed due to the extent of the damaged caused by the fire.

“Gradual restoration of electricity has started in the area. We apologise to the residents of Alexandra. This was due to the damage and the repairs that had to be done.”

Mangena said residents needed to be vigilant and report cable theft in June alone, four sub-stations in the high-density township exploded, risking the lives of residents who lived in clustered informal houses.

“We appeal to the community and ask them to help us by guarding their own infrastructure to prevent the theft of cables.”

City Power added that technicians had to halt repair work on a substation in Alexandra after they were held hostage by angry community members.

Mangena explained: “They encountered problems when they were trying to restore power. They were held hostage by another section of the community, where a fire took place two weeks ago. Power to that section was not restored. We had to call police to rescue them, but they are traumatised.”

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