A fault in at least one power line left large parts of Cape Town without power.
Cape Town spokeswoman Priya Reddy said a “major supply failure” led to the sudden blackout on Monday evening.
The city’s Twitter account called it “a technical flaw in the network”.
Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis said at least one high-voltage line across the N1 has been disrupted.
He said fire and electricity teams were on site “to put out fires and repair the cable and restore power”.
Some local residents said they saw forest fires near a substation near Canal Walk.
It is still unclear what damaged the high-voltage line.
The failure extended from the Atlantic coast to parts of Woodstock and the surrounding area.
“The city takes care of the failure. There is no estimated recovery time available, ”Reddy said.
Dozens of requests for power outages in large parts of the CBD, Woodstock, Seaboard, etc. At least one (possibly more) high voltage line is interrupted on the N1. @CityofCT Fire and electricity teams are on hand to put out fires, repair the cable, and restore power. pic.twitter.com/61rtsHIQuI
— Geordin Hill-Lewis (@geordinhl) December 20, 2021
I just passed 3 separate field fires burning under power lines running along the N1 near a substation across from the canal path.
— scudza (@Jarred_Za) December 20, 2021
Area 7 lost its power supply due to a technical fault in the network.
– City of Cape Town (@CityofCT) December 20, 2021
There appears to be an unplanned power outage
In my Cape Town hood
It doesn’t happen often
And EskomSePush has no news
Power outage at someone else?
— Karen Anne Blume (@kabloemski) December 20, 2021
Cape Town is without electricity. We want to talk to the manager!
– Goodman Sibeko ???? (@ProfGSibeko) December 20, 2021
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