A miniature substation [mini-sub] that has caught fire has led to a power outage in some parts of the Polokwane central business district [CBD], Limpopo. The Polokwane Municipality fire and rescue services team are reportedly working at the corner of Grobler and Landros Mare Streets to manage the situation.

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Although the fire has been put out, the municipal electrical team is assessing the extent of the damage and estimating how long it would take to repair the mini-sub and restore the power supply.

“The municipality advises the affected businesses and other users to regard all electrical wiring as live for the duration of the outage,” they said. 

POLOKWANE MUNICIPALITY ADDRESSING THE POWER OUTAGE AT SOME PARTS OF THE CBD 

Furthermore, in the interest of safety, they have also been urged to switch off all electrical appliances until the power supply is fully restored to avoid electrocution and damage.

Motorists have also been pleaded with to treat the affected traffic lights as stop signs until they manage to get the power supply back up and running 

“The Polokwane municipality apologises for any inconvenience caused by this outage. Affected parties are also urged to cooperate with the electrical team as they are working on fixing the issue and getting everything back to normal.”

SCAMMERS HAVE NOW TARGETED THE MUNICIPAL MANAGER 

Meanwhile, the Municipality has also warned of a scam by individuals soliciting financial assistance claiming to be Polokwane Municipality’s Manager Thuso Nemugumoni. 

Power outage in parts of Polokwane CBD 
Thuso Nemugumoni

“It has come to the attention of the municipality that unsuspecting individuals are receiving fraudulent WhatsApp messages from a scammer utilizing the phone number 073 499 4153 falsely claiming to be Polokwane Municipality’s Manager, Ms Thuso Nemugumoni and deceitfully soliciting financial assistance. This number does not belong to the Municipal Manager. She has not sent any WhatsApp messages to seek or solicit financial support from anyone.

“It is strongly advised for all to exercise when approached for similar acts. The municipality urges all residents to remain alert to scams and report such suspicious activities to the police and relevant authorities. The matter will be reported to law enforcement to investigate,” said the municipality.