OR Tambo plunged into chaos as Eskom substation explodes

OR Tambo plunged into chaos as Eskom substation explodes

A critical setback has struck Eskom after a major substation in Kempton Park which provides power to OR Tambo International Airport.

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Briefly.co.za learned that other areas affected are Isando & Spartan Industrial, Kempton Park CBD, Aston Manor and Bonaero Park.

A video posted online shows columns of black smoke billowing out of the substation which is engulfed in flames. It is not yet known when power will be restored according to thesouthafrican.com.

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As South Africa emerges from the festive season the coming week will test Eskom's ability to generate electricity for the country.

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The cause for the inferno is still unknown but this does not bode well for Eskom which is trying to convince the country that it can, in fact, provide electricity. Warnings that South Africa could experience more stage 6 load shedding next week has left the country feeling less than optimistic as it heads into the new year.

An estimated 14 000 MW will be unavailable on Sunday and as the demand for electricity increases as the holidays' end, load shedding appears to be a distinct possibility.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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