Ahead of a make-or-break week for Eskom, the power utility has been rocked onto the back-foot already. A major sub-station fire at Kempton Park has raised concerns, after power cuts were reported across the region and at OR Tambo International Airport. Operations at the facility have already been hit.
The fire – spotted just after 10:00 on Sunday – has heavily-affected the City of Ekurhuleni’s 66kV and 132kV networks. As well as darkness engulfing Johannesburg’s airport, several other parts of the municipality are also without power.
Eskom have since confirmed emergency services are tackling the blaze, and that a transformer caught fire. They are yet to establish what sparked the blaze, but it’s the worst-possible news for the embattled firm.
Source: the South African