Storm causes power outages around Johannesburg

Metro utility City Power was conducting repairs on damaged infrastructure on Tuesday morning after heavy rain caused power outages around Johannesburg. At the same time, faulty traffic lights in several parts of the city resulted in heavy road congestion. The Johannesburg Metro Police department deployed officers to the most congested intersections where traffic lights were […]

City of Joburg officials to meet with Alex residents over illegal electricity connections

Senior officials from the office of Johannesburg member of the mayoral committee (MMC) for Environment and Infrastructure, Mpho Moerane, are, on Friday, expected to meet the community of River Park in Alexandra to discuss illegal electricity connections. On Thursday, residents barricaded the main entrance of the area, forcing City Power to abandon its operation intended […]

City Power abandons illegal connection cuts after Alex residents protest

Residents of River Park in Alexandra said they would resist any attempts by the City of Joburg to cut their electricity. Earlier on Thursday, City Power officials were forced to abandon their second operation aimed at cutting illegal power connections in the area following protests by residents who blocked the main entrance of the section […]

More than 200 CoJ informal settlements connected illegally, costing billions

About 211 informal settlements in the City of Johannesburg have been accused of stealing City Power’s electricity. City Power said it was losing billions of rands in revenue. City Power spokesperson Isaac Mangena said a total of five lives had been lost due to electrocution. Three lives were lost in Lakeview, one in Alexandra, and […]

City Power denies spending over R3K per bottle of sanitiser

City Power has dismissed claims that it procured personal protective equipment (PPE) “with prices which are way above the market value.” This comes after City Power was accused of spending more than R3,000 on a single 100ml bottle of sanitizer. In a statement on Tuesday, City Power spokesperson Isaac Mangena dismissed the claims and said […]

Suspects caught stealing cables from underground tunnel in Joburg CBD

Patrolling metro police officers apprehended men who were allegedly found stealing cables from an underground tunnel in the Joburg CBD. The men were caught in the early hours of Saturday morning. Joburg Metro Police’s Wayne Minnaar said officers who were on patrol got a tip-off from security guards that they had heard loud cutting sounds […]

2 bogus technicians run off with transformer worth R600K

A transformer worth R600,000 was stolen from a substation in Village Deep, Johannesburg after two thieves entered the premises on Tuesday, 2 February. According to City Power spokesperson Isaac Mangena, the two men, who were seen by witnesses, pretended to be technicians and claimed to be taking. The men then loaded the transformer on a […]

City Power reduces load shedding period to two hours for Johannesburg

City Power has confirmed on Friday evening that it has revised its load shedding schedule from four to two-hour intervals. This is after Eskom announced that it will implement stage 2 load shedding from 12pm on Friday until Sunday evening. Eskom noted that five generating units at the Medupi Power Station had shut down due […]

Suspected accidental electrocution leaves man dead in Roodepoort

Princess informal settlement has long been known as a hotspot for illegal connections in the City of Johannesburg. These connections are believed to have claimed the life of an unknown man whose body was found in the open veld next to Dash Hardware on Albertina Sisulu Road in Princess, Roodepoort. Captain Sonja Prinsloo, Roodepoort police […]

Joburg south residents plagued by cable theft and vandalism

Joburg south residents have endured constant outages due to cable theft in Glenvista, with 14 outages at the Mulbarton substation since September 9. Ward councillor Sarah Wissler said this was the substation which was supposedly upgraded at a cost of R90million. Despite constant engagement with City Power and the responsible member of mayoral committee (MMC) […]