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The Sol Plaatje Municipality said that the electrical faults that resulted in water interruptions in the city since Wednesday have been repaired.

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THE ACTING municipal manager at Sol Plaatje municipality Boy Dhluwayo has indicated that the electrical faults that resulted in water interruptions in the city since Wednesday have been repaired.

Electricians had to repair a cable at Riverton as water could not be pumped to Kimberley on Wednesday and Thursday.

Dhluwayo stated that the abstraction pumps were started at the Vaal river around 7pm on Thursday night.

“The high lift pumps to Kimberley were started last night at 8pm in line filling mode and then in full pumping mode.

“The water reached Kimberley after midnight, thereafter the filling of the network resumed and at 4am newton reservoir was started and all areas started receiving water.”

He advised that households without water were isolated cases and should be reported to the municipal call centre where it would be attended to.

“Please note that nightly shutdowns will continue from 10pm until 4am until the water level at Newton Reservoir is adequate. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

The executive mayor, Patrick Mabilo with the portfolio chairperson for community services, councillor Leon Farland and the executive director for community services, Khuza Bogacwi today conducted an impromptu visit to the cleansing section at the council yard after refuse was not collected due to rainy weather this week.

The mayoral team met with management and officials responsible for cleansing and directed them to speed up the collection of refuse in the affected areas or provide a necessary alternative.

Mabilo stated that illegal dumping remained a concern and urged the community to refrain from disposing of materials and refuse illegally.

Meanwhile, Eskom suspended load shedding on Friday January 8 but has cautioned customers to use electricity sparingly as the system remained “vulnerable and unstable”.

Loadshedding was implemented on January 6-7 due to unplanned maintenance.

Eskom stated that they would continue to pursue reliability maintenance to improve the reliability and performance of the power stations.

“We currently have 6 060 megawatt of capacity on planned maintenance, while another 13 206 megawatt of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns and other load losses. Eskom teams are working hard to return as many of these units to service as soon as possible.”