Some residents were fuming on social media, demanding explanations from the Tshwane council.
By Thursday morning, 95% of the repairs had been completed, with the work expected to be finished by late morning, said City Power spokesperson Isaac Mangena.
“If everything goes according to plan, including passing the tests, power should be restored by midday or latest, early Thursday afternoon,” he said, apologising to residents for the outage.
“The work was initially delayed by the work to remove shacks that encroached the area around the substation. The shacks were successfully removed with the help of the community leaders.”
“DA government is useless – for [the] last [two] years we have nearly a power failure in #Garsfontein East every week! I want @myANC back. DA IS USELESS,” one angry user wrote on Twitter.
Another wrote: “I feel like @CityTshwane has been load shedding (implementing rolling blackouts) Garsfontein and Waterkloof consistently since April, but they just don’t want to say it outright. Mess. Just wow.”
Power had been restored to some areas by Thursday morning but the sound of generators was abuzz in others where electricity was still down for a second day.
With winter temperatures plummeting, residents accused the City of Tshwane of lacking empathy.
Some Pretoria areas also did not have water on Wednesday.
– African News Agency