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When you see South Africans taking to the streets then you know that there is a serious problem.

Residents of KwaNobuhle are tired of frequent power outages in their area and they took to the streets to vent out their anger. 

The latest power outage to hit the area resulted in a three day power failure. 

Mandisa Fayindlalo, a diabetic, said she was worried about her insulin shots that she kept in the fridge.

“I am a diabetic and I keep my medication in the fridge. I’ve been without electricity for three days and surely it will get damaged. What will happen to me then?

“I’m here to fight for my rights because no-one is here to address us or help us,” she said.

Noxolo Fanayo said they were told the issue would be solved within six hours but by Saturday it had been three days.

“I have an elderly mother. If she uses a candle and it falls, who is going to help her. We don’t even know who our ward councillor is. Black communities are not prioritised when it comes to service delivery or resolving issues relating to electricity.

“There is a shorter response time when it comes to the suburbs but in the townships we’re expected to go for hours, even days without electricity.”

Another resident, Xolisa Mpushe, said they were not getting any services from the municipality.

By 6pm on Saturday, electricity returned only to go out again after 8pm.

Municipal spokesperson Mthubanzi Mniki said they were working on rectifying the issue.

“Overloading of the system and load-shedding is causing a lot of strain on the infrastructure in the area and is partly to blame for the issue. We are working to resolve the matter,” he said.

https://www.heraldlive.co.za/news/2021-10-10-power-outages-spark-protests-in-kwanobuhle/

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