Restoration of supply to Hoopstad and Hertzogville delayed as more theft is discovered

SATURDAY, 26 JUNE 2021, 15:40: Restoration of supply to customers affected by the theft related outage at Giraffe Substation in the Free State has been delayed.  While the initial estimation was to restore supply by this afternoon, the discovery of even more theft has hindered Eskom’s progress. 
The new estimation is to have supply restored by late this evening. 
Cable theft at Giraffe Substation has resulted in a loss of supply to approximately 3 850 Eskom customers in Tikwana and on the Oppermansdrift, Kameeldoring and Ferdinand rural lines, as well as municipal customers in Hoopstad and Hertzogville.
Supply was lost at around 21:45 on Friday, 25 June 2021 when protection cables in the substation were cut and stolen.
Eskom condemns these criminal acts that lead to vast financial losses for Eskom and inconvenience to our customers.  We apologise for the inconvenience and assure customers that the repairs are being attended to with the required urgency.
During the supply interruption period, electricity users are urged to treat all electrical lines, sockets and appliances as live and dangerous. 
Enquiries can be directed to the Eskom Contact Centre at 08600 ESKOM / 37566.

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