​The eThekwini Electricity Department has just picked up signs of imminent failure on the 132kV cable termination from the Klaarwater Major feeding the Westmead, Marian Ridge, Hillcrest & Waterfall substations. Emergency teams are on site assessing the situation and the general consensus is that this line will need to be switched off within the next 2 hours to limit and contain the damage.
On Sunday morning, a similar cable termination on the main line feeding the same substations faulted necessitating the areas supplied by these substations to be switched off for approximately 3 hrs at a time to distribute the limited capacity to supply the affected areas. Repairs on this line had started in earnest and is only expected to be completed in the next 12 hours, when it will be able to pick up the load feeding the currently affected areas.
All resources are focused on minimising the outage time, after which investigations would need to be done to determine the underlying reasons for an almost simultaneous failure on the main and back-up lines.
Central Durban, Congella, Glenwood, Umbilo and Springfield areas were also out this morning when Old Fort high voltage cable faulted at 06:59 causing tripping of the Alice Street and Congella substations. Supply was restored to the Springfield area at 07:34 and the remaining areas were restored by 08:17.
The Municipality apologises for the disruptions and requests customers in the affected areas to be patient as every effort is being made to effect complete restoration within the shortest possible time.

Issued by Communications Unit. Contact the Municipality Spokesperson, Mr Thabo Mofokeng on 082 731 7456, 031 311 4820 or email thabo1.mofokeng@durban.gov.za. Alternatively contact Ms Sindy Mtolo on 031 311 4802 or email sindy.mtolo@durban.gov.za

2 October 2014