Eskom has pleaded with Gauteng residents to be patient as wet weather conditions continue to affect the electricity supply across the province. The announcement was made on Friday 01 October.
The public’s electricity provider has also appealed to citizens to use power sparingly. This is after Gauteng began to face wet and cold weather late on Wednesday 29 September. The heavy rains gathered momentum on Thursday and Friday 01 October.
“Outages Due To Wet Weather. We are experiencing a high volume of network faults across Gauteng due to the wet weather,” Eskom said.
Eskom says the high pressure on faults, caused by the extreme weather conditions, will, unfortunately, increase throughout the weekend. Residents are therefore urged to save electricity and exercise patience. The company promises to restore the power supply.
“We anticipate the numbers to increase during the weekend, and appeal to our customers to be patient as we work on supply restoration,” Eskom added.
Additionally, the national electricity provider assured Edenburg and Morningside residents that the disruption that was experienced on Thursday 30 September has been restored.
“Supply has been restored to customers in Edenburg and Morningside. We would like to thank our customers for their patience as we worked on the outage,” the update said.
Meanwhile, Eskom helped police to arrest five suspects for selling illegal pre-paid electricity in Rustenburg, North West. The arrests form part of an investigation program that was launched in May 2020 to nab illegal traders of pre-paid electricity. The investigation project came after the discovery of illegal or ‘ghost vending’ machines that produce pre-paid electricity for selling.