City Power announces massive power outage for Johannesburg

Sipho Majija

Residents and businesses in the city of Johannesburg have been warned to plan ahead for a widespread planned power interruption today, 10 July, 2017 which might also extend into the next morning.

The company in charge of its power, City Power said in a statement via its official twitter handle that the dozens are suburbs, from Kensington in the east to Melrose in the north, will be affected by the outage.

Other suburbs to be affected include Corlett Gardens, Inanda, Atholl, Houghton Estate and Norwood (a full list is available on the City Power website).

“The power interruption is necessary to do essential maintenance work on our network, which is part of our programme of constantly striving to provide better service,” City Power said in the statement.

The interruption will take place from 10pm on Monday night, with power expected to be restored by 6am on Tuesdsay at the latest.

“As the supply may be restored at any time, customers are urged to treat their electricity supply points as live at all times. City Power regrets any inconvenience that may be caused by these interruptions.”

As well as this news may largely interest those within the cities, it might also be a strange action to many in Nigeria where the people are used to epileptic power supply.

About City Power

City Power was established in 2001 as an independent municipal entity, wholly owned by the City of Johannesburg.
City Power’s vision is to be a world class energy utility.

The Utility is committed to providing excellent service to its customers, continually improving efficiencies to keep tariffs as low as possible and generating a return on investment for its shareholder, the City of Johannesburg, to help offset other residential rates. It is also moving to the “Smart City” concept via a Smart Grid and integration with other City initiatives.

City Power Johannesburg (SOC) Ltd (City Power) is accountable for providing electricity and network services to all its customers. These include :

  • The purchasing and distribution and sale of electricity
  • Constructing networks
  • Connecting customers
  • Repair and maintenance of networks
  • Installation and maintenance of public lighting.

As of 2015/16, City Power’s net asset worth has been valued at approximately R8 billion, with a revenue base of R14 billion.

  • City Power has approximately 396 000 customers; ranging from Agriculture, domestic and pre-paid, commercial and industrial properties.
  • Our infrastructure covers over 17 500km of cable, over 18 000 substations, and over 270 000 public lights.
  • City Power is the only utility in Africa with four ISO accreditations (9001, 14001, 18001 & 31000). It is also accredited with ISO 26000 compliant and currently implementing 16000.
  • City Power was awarded the 2016 Utility of the Year Award at the Africa Utility Week Conference by industry leaders.

City Power is a dynamic employer, focused on providing the best working environment in its industry and operating at consistently high levels of productivity. This has enabled the company to attract the top talent in its field, joining a team of 1600 employees.