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COLLAPSE OF ANOTHER TOWER LEADS TO FURTHER SUPPLY LOSS TO WELKOM AND TWO MINES
TUESDAY, 27 OCTOBER 2020, 14H20: The collapse of a 132 kV tower on the Everest-Witpan feeder has resulted in a loss of supply to Witpan substation outside Welkom in the Free State. Two Harmony mines - Brand Gold Mine Plant and Jurgenshof Mine – as well as a portion of Welkom, are affected by the outage.  The structure collapsed as a result of stay wire theft.  Stay wires are the structures that hold a pole in place. 
 
 
 
While an estimated restoration time is still unknown, the matter will be attended to with extreme urgency. 
 
The latest damage is in addition to the two 132 kV towers that collapsed on Sunday, 25 October 2020 as a result of strong wind and that are currently being rebuilt.  The whole CBD, industrial area, Bronville, Mandela Park, Doorn, Extensions 9 and 15, and parts of Extension 19 are also without electricity supply to the collapse of the two towers on the Everest-Welkom Bulk feeder. 
 
Affected consumers are reminded to treat all electrical installations as live and dangerous as electricity can be switched on without notice.  
 
Eskom apologises for the inconvenience and asks for consumers to be patient while restoration is being performed. 
 
For more information and updates, contact the Eskom Contact Centre at 08600 ESKOM / 37566.
 
 
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