Transformer failure at Rouxville Substation leads to loss of electricity supply


The failure of a 66/22 kV transformer at Rouxville Substation at 19:00 on Sunday, 12 January 2020, has resulted in a loss of supply to three Free State towns.

According to a statement by Eskom, electricity consumers in Zastron, Smithfield and Rouxville, as well as rural customers in the surrounding areas, should prepare for a full day without electricity as Eskom is attending to the urgent and critical replacement of the said transformer.

It is estimated that supply to Zastron will be restored before midnight on Monday, 13 January 2020 while supply to Smithfield and Rouxville will be restored in the early hours of Tuesday, 14 January 2020.

Eskom apologises for the inconvenience and assures customers that the repairs are being attended to with the required urgency.

Electricity users are urged to treat all electrical lines, sockets and appliances as live and dangerous at all times.

Enquiries can be directed to the Eskom Contact Centre at 08600 Eskom / 37566