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Transformer sourced
  • Overloading the transformer leads to recurring transformer failures
  • Eskom has since run out of replacement transformers
  • Residents urged to remain patient
  • Refrain from illegally connecting 
C Hosel need a new transformer
C Hosel need a new transformer

Overloading of the transformer supplying power to the C-Hostel in Thabong, has led to recurring transformer failures and ultimately the loss of supply to the hostel over the weekend.

Residents are urged to remain patient and to refrain from illegally connecting their electricity supply


Since Friday, 12 June, the transformer supplying the hostel with power has been replaced twice, but has since been failing repeatedly due to a rapid increase in supply apparently caused by illegal connec­tions.

“On Thursday, 18 June, less than a week after the initial transformer replacement, the same transformer failed again,” says Stefanie Jansen van Vuuren, Eskom communication officer.

Jansen van Vuuren explains that the frequency rate of replacing this transformer is in itself a call for concern, as it is outside the normal lifespan expected for a transformer.

As a result, Eskom has since run out of replacement transformers and is in the process of sourcing a transformer.

This will unfortunately impact the restoration time.

“Residents are urged to remain patient and to refrain from illegally connecting their electricity supply, as it exacerbates the situation and leads to a longer outage duration,” she says.

Enquiries can be directed to the Eskom Contact Centre on 08600-37566.

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