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Power Outage on 29 July 2015 Explained

By Jolene Henn of Eskom

On Wednesday evening, at 21:51 a major 132 kV overhead power line that supplies a number of towns in the Overstrand area tripped and caused an electricity interruption. The towns and areas that were left without power included Hermanus, Gansbaai, Caledon, Vyeboom, Kleinmond, Vermont, Hawston, Theewater and a few other surrounding areas. Total number of direct Eskom customers affected was approximately 15,000. 


The power was restored to the customers in 2 hours using a contingency power line from Somerset West. The cause of the interruption was due to adverse weather conditions causing a trip on the line. 


This interruption was not due to load shedding.

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