Due to apparent high demand, City Power has turned off its Sebenza substation leaving Alexandre, Gresswold and surrounding areas in darkness.

This was announced in a tweet (embedded below) less than an hour ago at the time of writing. One important point to note here is the discrepancies in the times.

The tweet is very recent but the release is dated 06:00. That being said, we have personally experienced a loss of power since 21:00 last night, bringing the down-time for certain people to around 12 hours.

Going by the replies to this tweet, it seems like we’re not the only ones.

We’re not entirely sure why this even is labelled as “load rotation” instead of “load shedding”, especially after the latter was the official terminology used recently.

City Power suggests following their Twitter account for updates and have just released another statement saying that is should return by 09:00.

Here is a list of the included suburbs:

  • Alexandra
  • Atholl
  • Bramley
  • Bramley Gardens
  • Bramley Park
  • Chislehurston
  • Crystal Gardens
  • Fairmount
  • Fairways
  • Highlands North
  • Houghton
  • Illovo
  • Inanda
  • Kent Park
  • Kew
  • Kew Glenhazel
  • Killarney
  • Killarney Mall
  • Lombardy East
  • Lyndhurst
  • Melrose
  • Melrose Arch
  • Melrose Estate
  • Norwood
  • Oaklands
  • Rembrandt Park
  • Sandringham
  • Savoy
  • Sunningdale
  • Waverley
  • Wierda
  • Wynberg