Friday, 3 December 2021: Eskom has successfully restored supply, two days ahead of schedule, to the Bedfordview substation which supplies the City of Ekurhuleni’s (CoE) Bedfordview customers. The power utility had initially estimated that supply could be restored within four to five days, but committed to work around the clock to accelerate the repair process. Supply was restored on Thursday, 2 December 2021 at 22:00 to the Bedfordview substation and the affected customers in Bedfordview.
The power outage in Bedfordview was a result of attempted cable theft which is on the increase in Gauteng. The fight against theft and vandalism is on-going and it requires partnership with more stakeholders, especially the communities. Eskom will continue to investigate and implement alternative measures that will assist the utility to prevent theft and vandalism of its electricity infrastructure.
“We would like to thank the team that worked tirelessly on the project, the support received from CoE Executive Mayor, Tania Campbell, the Bedfordview Ward 20 Councillor, Jill Humpreys, Pizza Perfect in Bedfordview, and the community of Bedfordview which remained patient throughout this ordeal,” says Mashangu Xivambu, the Maintenance and Operations Manager in Gauteng.
Members of the public are requested to report criminal activities such as illegal connections, theft and vandalism of electricity infrastructure to the authorities, or to the Eskom Crime Line on 0800 11 27 22.