Power cuts draw complaints in the community

“Urban life without electricity is bad,” Extension 4 resident Thulisile Makhubele said about the constant power cuts.

“We are now left with an option to use fire and gas as the main sources of power,” she said. “It becomes a problem because fire, gas and candles need too much attention. Without electricity, life becomes as difficult as in the village.”

More than three transformers have exploded in the community due to network overloading, which Eskom blames on illegal connections.

An electricity crisis has been hurting the community for the past month, with extension 0, 2, 6 and 4 mainly affected.

Constant electricity cuts affecting a portion of Asmara crescent in extension 2 are becoming unbearable, angry residents said.  They blame Eskom standby workers who allegedly ask for bribes in order to install power. 

“We know that electricity is a problem during winter,” said Nqobile Maphumulo. “However, the painful part is that our street is affected more than other streets in the community. It is so frustrating because whenever we call for help from Eskom workers, they demand money from us in order to fix the situation.”

 Angry residents claim that last year Eskom promised to provide the community with three more transformers to boost the power supply.

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