05 January 2017 Read: 1314
Last night (04 January) a transformer burnt out in the Henley farms area just on the outskirts of Letsitele. This has caused a number of operations in that area to be left in the dark as the Greater Tzaneen Municipality’s electrical infrastructure continues to crumble.
There are no transformers available to replace the one which burnt out last night, and this means that businesses, residents and farmers in that area will possibly be left without power for up to ten days.
To repair (rewind) a transformer could take up to six weeks.
According to our information, there is only one transformer that could be used in the meantime – but it is currently installed in Haenertsburg and will need a special vehicle to be lifted out and transported to Henley.
A transformer weighs approximately 10 tons and the possibility of reaching this particular unit is slim due to the heavy rains received in that area this last week.
Due to the GTM’s silence regarding this incident, we have had to conduct our own investigations into the matter resulting in some alarming (albeit not officially confirmed – or denied – by the GTM) findings:
An official inquiry concerning all of these findings as well as other related matters has once again been forwarded to Neville Ndlala, the spokesperson of the GTM. In the meantime the dastardly situation and the non-information from the municipality has led many residents to believe one of two possible scenarios:
Whatever the reasons, the situation at the moment is desperate and Bulletin will continue our investigations into this matter. We have also attemtped to get comment from Eskom. Stay informed by following us on Facebook here.