Cable fault responsible for Florida outage

Councillor for Ward 70, Caleb Finn. Photo: Sonwabile Antonie

Residents from Florida and surrounding areas experienced a power outage last night (19 April) at about 10.30pm.

Virgil James, the spokesperson for City Power said the affected areas included Robertville, Florida, Florida Lake, Lea Glen, Matholesville, Roodepoort and Hamberg. Some residents reported outages in Horison, Kloofendal, Discovery and Maraisburg as well.

According to Caleb Finn, the councillor for Ward 70, the outage was caused by the failure of one of the supply cables between Sentraal and Florida substations. “When this cable failed, the load on the other two cables spiked, causing an overload at Sentraal substation which tripped the Florida, Nursery, Lea Glen, Florida North and Florida Glen substations,” he said.

Although technicians managed to restore supply to the Nursery and Florida Glen substations fairly quickly, they battled to get the supply back to the Florida, Florida North and Lea Glen substations. “This was finally restored just after 2am,” a tired Finn said.

He added that the full power supply was placed on the two functional cables while City Power technicians were still busy assessing what caused the fault on the third cable. “The fault could have a number of reasons, including cable theft,” said Finn.

Although James stated that the power has been fully restored, Finn added that the third cable has not yet been repaired. “I urge residents to use electricity responsibly, as the demand on the two functional cables is currently very high. This could cause the system to trip again if too much load is placed on these cables, especially during morning and evening peak periods,” he said.

City Power apologised to its affected customers for the inconvenience caused by this event and urged residents experiencing loss of power to contact the City of Johannesburg call centre on 0860 562 874. A fault can also be logged by visiting their website ( and clicking on Fault Logging.

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