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.
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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