12 March Interruption of electricity supply: Cambridge West March 12, 2018 By Tabisa Mntengwana Latest News 0 Please be advised that the electricity supply will be interrupted to consumers supplied by the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality in Cambridge West on Tuesday, 13 March 2018 from 09h00 to 16h00 The alternative date for this outage is Thursday, 15 March 2018 The purpose of the interruption is for BCMM to carry out maintenance at Roads Camp Mini-Substation, Fairland’s Switching Chamber and Vian Road Mini-Substation. The boundaries for the outage are as follows: In the North: Plover Road/ Egret Road In the South: Fairland’s Senior Citizens Home In the East: Grebe Road In the West: Bradley Road/ Churchill Road As the power may be restored at any time between these hours, consumers are warned to treat all apparatus as being live throughout the whole period. It is strongly recommended that all non-essential appliances be switched off or disconnected from the supply during this period in order to prevent damages thereto when the supply is restored. Related Electricity Interruptions in the Metro There will be Electricity interruptions is areas including: Woodbrook: Tuesday 6 December from 6am to 6pm The purpose of the interruption is for BCMM to install a new 500 KVA mini sub-station in Mercury Road. Affected areas include Mercury Road and Sheffield Road. CBD: Thursday 8 December from 6am to 6pm The purpose is to replace and relocate existing mini-substation in Hill Street. Affected areas include North Street, South Street, Cambridge Street and Buffalo Street. Nahoon: 13 December from 6am to 6pm The purpose is to install new mini substation in Sinclair Avenue. Affected areas include Tainton Road, Smart Road, Schultz Road and Old Transkei Road. INTERRUPTION OF ELECTRICITY SUPPLY : CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT (CBD) The purpose of the interruption is for BCMM to replace existing 11 KV Panels with a new 5P Eaton Unit at Buffalo Street Substation. The boundaries for this outage are as follows : In the North : Caxton Street In the South : Fleet Street In the East : Oxford Street In the West : Gillwell Road As the power may be restored at any time between these hours, consumers are warned to treat all apparatus as being live throughout the whole period. It is strongly recommended that all non-essential appliances be switched off or disconnected from the supply during this period in order to prevent damages thereto when the supply is restored. Electricity Interruptions The electricity will be interrupted to consumers supplied by BCMM from 06h00 to 18h00 on Tuesday 26 April 2016, weather permitting. The alternate date for this outage is Thursday 28 April 2016. The purpose of the interruption is for BCMM to replace the Heron Heights Substation with a Mini-Substation. The boundaries for this outage are as follows – in the North: Loerie Lane, the South: Herons Way, the East: Plover Crescent and the West: Bonza Bay. Interruption of Electricity Supply in Zwelitsha The interruption will start from 07h00 to 17h00 on the following dates (alternate dates): v Thursday, January 19 - January, 20 v Tuesday, January 24 - January, 25 v Thursday, January 26 - January, 27 v Tuesday, January 31 - February, 1 Areas that will be affected by the upgrades are partial areas of Zone 1, 2, 3, and 6 per street of transformer area. BCMM is further warning users to treat all apparatus as live throughout the whole period as power may be restored any time during these hours. It is strongly recommended that all non-essential appliances be disconnected from the supply during this period to prevent any damages that may be incurred. Electricity Indaba hosted by the Metro According to a Metro’s press statement Municipal Report the Indaba aims to give various role players in the electricity sector to discuss and inform all of the impact and cost of illegal implications as well as the occupational health impact the illegal connections have on the people and electrical infrastructure of the Metro. The Electricity Indaba also discussed the alternative energy systems that the City is already using and future plans. Some of the topics that were discussed include legal implications, the effect that illegal connections impact on the community and electricity losses. Speaking about the purpose of the day Portfolio Head for Infrastructure Services Mteteleli Sam said, “The purpose of this session is to discuss and debate issues that affect a large portion of our population, which is the issue of illegal connections. “Illegal connections do not only affect BCMM as an institution but it deals with the day to day impact on the Metro’s ability to provide an effective service to all, as electricity and energy affect the day to day lives of the citizens of the Metro.” He added that illegal connections affect the Metro’s budget as funding is spent to replace and repair networks that are damaged, on a more social level they have also resulted in the identified deaths of at least 47 BCMM residents, some of which have been innocent by standers of this illegal act. Some of the stakeholders that were there include, SAPS, Southern African Revenue Protection Association (SARPA), Eskom (Operation Khanyisa Program) the Department of Energy, the Department of Labour and Border Kei Chamber of Business. Speaking about the Metro’s electricity and energy status quo Acting HOD for Engineering Services Luyanda Mbula said, “The electricity department intends to continue with its capitalisation program. The department completed a major project in June 2015 with the 80 MVA Queenspark Zoo substation coming in line, this has improved supply to the CBD and also ensures additional capacity for RDP Electrification.” “We have completed over 200 projects in the last three years to upgrading, refurbishing and renewing cables, transformers, switch gear, mini substation and switch houses.” “We work hand in hand with the Department of Energy, we apply for funding based on information we receive from the Department of Human Settlement, at the moment the back log that we have for electrification of formal houses is at 2500 housing un-electrified houses,” adds Mbula. He added that the department has a severe shortage of skilled labour, the plant, vehicles and equipment need to be replaced, aging infrastructure that needs to be replaced, and theft of copper and vandalism of equipment. The session ended with lively debates that included possible short, mid and long term solutions and have programmed way forward to address the electrical and energy challenges within the Metro and surrounding areas. Electricity Smart Meter Technology This process will kick off with the industrial and commercial sections as the first phase and later in the project the domestic billing will kick off as phase two. This project includes the electricity meter audit, changing the old meters to the new smart meters. “We have picked up that many businesses in this City, in fact over 100, are using old meter systems that are outdated and ultimately cost their bottom line,” Ngwenya. The City is aiming at replacing at least 200 industrial and commercial sites as part of the pilot phase to be implemented in the 2017/ 2018 financial year. Thereafter the program will be rolled out to the masses. This is a transversal contact (RT 15/2016) done by BCMM and is supported by the National Treasury. Th primary benefits of the project for the consumer includes accurate billing, better monitoring of electricity consumption through a Mobile App and completeness of monthly billing. A Mobile App (SmartWire) has been developed for consumers to monitor their electricity consumption. The App gives the consumer to view their electricity consumption in a 30-minute interval. In the later stage the City will have a USSD for easy access to consumers with queries. The City also has a control room (Intelligence Operating Centre) which is situated at the Munnifin building 3rd floor to deal with the roll out and implementation. At least R59 000 will be spent in changing the old meters to the new smart system in the first phase. For more information on the kindly email the Project Manager Office on Smart_Metering_Query@buffalocity.gov.za “We are tightening the screws and ensuring that the City is innovative, connected and productive in its approach to service delivery. In October we introduced an advanced prepaid vending system which enabled people to buy electricity in the luxury of their comfort and increased many vending areas. “Now this platform is meant to supplement that and all these efforts that we are putting together to enable people to monitor their consumption, budget properly and ultimately be able to pay for services easily,” Ngwenya. Comments are closed.