Electricity to parts of Welkom restored


Supply to parts of Welkom feeding from Welkom Park substation was restored late yesterday evening through back-feeding.  Partial supply was restored to Jurgenshof Mine and Brand Gold Mine Plant.

At 12:30 on Tuesday, 27 October 2020, the collapse of a 132 kV tower on the EverestWitpan feeder resulted in a loss of supply to Witpan substation outside Welkom in the Free State.  The structure collapsed as a result of stay wire theft.

According to spokesperson Stefanie Janse van Rensburg, construction of a new 132 kV tower and repair of all other damage that resulted from the collapse of the tower, are still underway.  Until such time that the network has been normalised, consumers in Welkom feeding from Welkom Park substation are urged to use electricity sparingly to avoid overloading.

At parts of Welkom that have been affected by the collapse of two 132 kV towers on the Everest-Welkom Bulk feeder on Sunday, 25 October 2020, restoration continues today.

Upon excavation of the structures, it was found that one of the structures were damaged by underground chemical erosion, compromising the structure’s ability to withstand strong winds.  When a storm hit the area on Sunday evening, the tower collapsed and fell onto the second tower.

Affected consumers are reminded to treat all electrical installations as live and dangerous as electricity can be switched on without notice.

“We thank and congratulate the restoration team for their exceptional work and for the ingenuity that they have displayed in finding a workable solution to this challenge.  We also acknowledge and thank Harmony Mines for their collaboration and support,” Janse van Rensburg said.

Eskom apologises for the inconvenience and asks for consumers to be patient while restoration is being performed.