Pretoria East residents expected to be without power for another 2 days

The City of Tshwane says it will take two to three days to restore power in Pretoria East after an explosion at the Wapadrand substation on Tuesday.

Fire gutted the building leaving Wapadrand, Faerie Glen, Silver Lakes, Lombardy, Zwavelpoort, and some parts of Equestria without electricity.

READ: Engineers working to restore power in Pretoria after substation explosion

MMC for service Infrastructure at City of Tshwane, Darryl Moss says the substation will have to be rebuilt and that equipment has already started being delivered to the site.

We literally have to rebuild that substation. It is totally and utterly destroyed. All the electrical equipment, the switch gear, the panels have been destroyed... but what we will do is find interim solutions as we replace the equipment.

Darryl Moss, MMC for service Infrastructure at City of Tshwane

We are going to try and do it so that we ca restore power to as many people as we go along, we won't have to finish the total rebuilding process before we start restoring power to the area.

Darryl Moss, MMC for service Infrastructure at City of Tshwane

The people attached to that substation I am afraid will not have power until we get the panels up and running again. We are hoping that by Friday the first people will start getting power again.

Darryl Moss, MMC for service Infrastructure at City of Tshwane

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Cover Photograph: Twitter @CityOfTshwane


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