Repair work to infrastructure which was damaged during a fire in Langa on Saturday, 16 April has started. The City said work is underway to reconnect those who were affected by the fire to the grid. 

They said the low voltage backbone was completed last week at a cost of R460 000 and the installation of overhead connections and prepaid meters will commence soon and will cost an estimated R1 million.

The City’ mayoral committee Member for Energy, Councillor Beverley van Reenen, said they are pleased with the support and cooperation of the community. “These households in Langa form part of a larger reconnection drive of households across the metro that have been cut off from electricity supply due to fire. City teams will do their best to complete this work as soon as possible over the coming weeks,” she said.

She added that after the fire, the City’s Human Settlements and Urban Waste Directorate teams and the Disaster Management Department assisted with the registration process, debris removal and site clearance as well as enabling soft relief.

“This has been a team effort and we thank all our City teams for the work to enable the electricity connection. We encourage community leaders, organisations and residents to help us prevent the occurrence of fires such as this one, which can mostly be prevented if flames are not left unattended.”  

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