Light in the dark: How Pretoria residents were brought together by a power outage

Light in the dark: How Pretoria residents were brought together by a power outage

- Eastern Pretoria was without electricity for nearly a week because of a fire at the Wapadrand substation

- Residents were forced to depend on family and friends living elsewhere to bath and prepare food

- The technicians working on fixing the problems were treated to warm hospitality by Pretoria residents

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Since the fire broke out at the Wapadrand substation on Tuesday, workers from Pretoria's electricity department had to work around the clock to repair the damage.

Rebuilding the station could take months, but the workers focused on restoring electricity as soon as they could.

Some of Pretoria's residents stopped at the station to check up on the workers and their progress. Others set up braais and prepared pap and meat to feed the workers.

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Residents also brought the workers hot coffee in the morning and later even brought the workers hot dogs.

Many of the Pretoria residents were happy to see how hard the technicians were working to restore electricity to the city.

MMC for Infrastructure Darryl Moss appreciated the patience and support of the community.

IOL News reported that the fire caused damage to panels and a new platform was needed. The platform had to be built and tested.

Briefly.co.za gathered that it is believed the fire was caused by a panel inside the station that may have tripped because of a fault.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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