South Africa’s power utility, Eskom, has advised members of the public to be alert after an electricity line was broken in Free Estate. In a notice seen by Pindula News, the power utility said the damage was caused by storms adding that an estimated time of repair is still unknown. Reads the statement:
Electricity supply to QwaQwa interrupted due to broken conductor on 132kV line
THURSDAY, 17 NOVEMBER 2022: A broken conductor on Eskom’s Sorata-Witsieshoek 132kV line has led to a loss of supply to QwaOwa in the Eastern Free State. This line feeds the OwaQwa, Phuthaditjhaba and Witsieshoek substations.
The conductor broke during a storm in the early hours of Wednesday, 16 November 2022. Due to the wet terrain and continuous rainfall. Eskom has thus far been unable to access the affected site to replace the conductor.
Continuous assessment of the terrain is being done and specialised teams have been called upon to facilitate the repairs. An estimated time of repair is Still unknown, but restoration of supply will commence as soon as Eskom’s vehicles can access the site. It is however unlikely that repairs will start today as the soil moisture levels are still too high.
We apologise for the inconvenience and assure customers that repairs are being attended to with the required urgency.
In addition, customers are urged to stay clear of any damaged infrastructure and to report faults and unsafe conditions through one of Eskom’s customer self-service channels. i.e. Alfred the Chatbot (hrtps://alfred.eskom.co.za/chatroonV). MyEskom Customer App (download for Android or for IOS). CS Online platform (www.csonline.co.za) or Contact Centre (08600 37566). Electricity users are urged to treat all electrical lines, sockets, and appliances as live and dangerous.