PRETORIA - Johannesburg's City Power said on Thursday said its technicians had worked throughout the night to repair a switching substation that caught fire on Tuesday, plunging almost half of Alexandra township into darkness for two nights.
By Thursday morning, 95% of the repairs had been completed, with the work expected to be finished by late morning, City Power spokesman Isaac Mangena said.
"If everything goes according to plan, including passing the tests, power should be restored by midday or latest, early Thursday afternoon," he said, apologising to residents for the outage.
"The work was initially delayed by the work to remove shacks that encroached the area around the substation. The shacks were successfully removed with the help of the community leaders."
In the capital Pretoria, some residents were fuming on social media, demanding explanations from the Tshwane council over extended power blackouts on Wednesday and Thursday. The municipality has been run by the DA in collaboration with other parties after 2016 elections in which the African National Congress lost control