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Substation explosion causes chaos in Bloemfontein.

A shocking occurrence hit the residents of Bloemfontein earlier this month. On the 8 th of December a

sub-station exploded within a residential area.

Various citizens were understandably shaken. Videos were posted online, capturing the final

moments of the explosion.

The users who caught the incident live, started recording when they saw an ominous pillar of smoke

arise from the sub-station.

Mycitybloemfontein borrowed one such citizen’s footage and made a post on their facebook page

informing the rest of the city. The sub-station was within the Pellissier area.

A team was immediately dispatched to try and repair the damages. No casualties or injuries were

reported. Citizens did not note any damage to their homes either.

Naturally, parts of Bloemfontein were left without power, with Pellissier and Fichartpark suffering

the most. After two days had passed, certain residents still had no power.

The spokesperson for the power supplier Centlec, Lele Mamatu, released a statement stating power

had been returned to most of the affected areas. Mamatu concluded that technicians were still

actively working to restore power to certain parts of Pellissier and Fichardtpark.


Sub-station exploding

After the spokesperson’s update, households on two streets in Pellissier remained powerless. These

same streets had to stay nearly two weeks without electricity.

Meats and perishable rotted within the freezers and, with the festive season approaching, municipal

garbage pickups were delayed. The presence of the smell only added to the absence of power,

culminating in a challenging series of events for these Bloemfonteiners.


The sub-station has been fixed and is once again in working order. Thankfully all the affected areas

have their power back on. Unfortunately, the damage has already been done.

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