Inundated with calls, emails and various messages from Johannesburg users on City Power's grid, John Robbie put in a call to Strategic Executive at Joburg City Power, Louis Pieterse:
It’s unfortunate and we apologise. It’s exactly the same sub-station that was off last night between 6 and 10, when we had power restored. Same sub-station off this morning. We are running more tests. At this stage I cannot foresee that we would have supply restored before 3 hours (around 10:00 am on Tuesday), which would probably take slightly longer.
Pieterse unpacked further reasons behind the lengthy outages:
It appears as though its one or two of our power transformers that have faulted and therefore, we have to test these transformers. There are four major power transformers. Last night, we tested them and switched them back on.
While giving explanations behind this, Pieterse maintains Eskom's scheduled load shedding and the Majuba silo collapse are unrelated:
There’s absolutely no particular relation in this particular case. I know when we had the load shedding in 2008/09, it definitely impacted on our network performance for various technical reasons but at this particular event, it had nothing to do with the load shedding.
Set your watches to 10:00 am, Johannesburg - hopefully, your lights will be back on.