The Executive Mayor of the City of Ekurhuleni, Cllr Mzwandile Masina has announced a list of measures intended to intervene in the recent spate sporadic power outages in the Tokoza, Phola Park and Germiston areas.
The outages have been caused by illegal connections and direct connections to distribution pillars and street lights that eventually overwhelm the grid.
Starting today, the following interventions will be implemented under the project name, “Power to the People”
Members of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) have been appointed to act as Energy Champions across the City.
The MMCs will be working closely with area engineers on a daily basis and will be tasked to submit two reports to the Office of the Executive Mayor, one in the morning to identify potential hotspots and risks elements in the various areas and a second report that will be submitted at 20:00 in the evening, to outline mitigation measures.
The following MMCs have been deployed to the respective Regions:
GERMISTON SUBSTATION AND CABLE INSTALLATIONS
Construction on the new Substation in Germiston North is currently 90% complete.
Two new cables, a 132kV and 133 kV, have been installed in Wayville and are set to stabilise the energy supply in the area.
A newly built mini-substation intended to supply power to the Primrose and Lambton areas was broken into and vandalised just two days after being commissioned.
Repairs are currently underway on the substation and an investigations into the cable theft are underway.
R46 MILLION INTERVENTION PACKAGE
The Mayoral Committee has resolved to present a R46 million intervention package to the Ekurhuleni Council for approval.
The package is intended to stabilise the grid in the Tokoza Area by installing another transformer to the local sub-station to increase power generation capacity.
The funds will also be used to install additional protective boxes, undertake cable reconfiguration and install split prepaid metres to contain the load.
ILLEGAL CONNECTION CLEAN OUT
The Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) will conduct a series of raids in areas with incidents of illegal connections.
The EMPD will be accompanied by the City’s Energy Department officials to disconnect the illegal connections and secure all metre boxes that have been tampered with.
“We cannot afford to be having prolonged power outages during these cold winter nights, it is unacceptable. We fully understand the community’s frustrations and anger at the present moment, that is why we are focusing all our energies for the next few weeks to stabilise the grid, in these various areas. We call upon Eskom engineers to cooperate and work with Eskom supplied communities, in order to find sustainable solutions to the energy issues in the area. We can no longer theorise on the this issue, we are going to the ground to fix this situation.” Said Mayor Masina.
A timeline of three weeks has been set for a speedy resolution to the unplanned and sporadic energy outages in the City of Ekurhuleni.
The City continues to call upon communities to call the Anti-Fraud and Corruption hotline on 0800 102 201 to report illegal connectio