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The City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality states to have restored about 90% of power to the affected areas in Pretoria East following the Wapadrand substation fire.

The Wapadrand substation was destroyed by a fire last Tuesday‚ which affected a number of suburban areas.

“We are currently busy restoring power to Equestria and parts of Silver Lakes. The gradual restoration that is already underway is expected to take up to two hours to be completed‚” municipal spokesperson Selby Bokaba said in a statement.

“Cable theft at Shere has thwarted our plans of restoring power to the area tonight. The team is busy laying the cable‚ excavation will start tonight and the joint will be done during the day on Wednesday. The estimated time of restoration for Shere and the surrounding areas is tomorrow [Wednesday, 18 July] at 21h00.”

Bokaba said the main feeder cable from Wapadrand to Koedoeberg substations had also been repaired.

He said they still needed to fix two cable faults in Faerie Glen and replace a feeder cable to Shere rural lines.

“With electricity you can’t be certain. We will strive to restore power to all the outstanding consumers during the course of the day.

“We once more wish to express our sincere apology to the inconvenienced consumers,” he said.

Bokaba urgued individual households who are still experiencing power failures in certain areas to send an SMS to 44676 with their account numbers.