Running a national electrical company gives you a leading edge on respective municipalities and how they run their electricity departments.
Having said that, it would be fair to say the Johannesburg grid is undeniably the most unstable and in particular in between Athol Oaklands and Corlett drive – Melrose Arch.
Apart from the precinct being the fourth largest consumer of electricity in the greater Johannesburg area, you think preferential treatment would prevail! Not a chance.
The last horror story was an High tension cable that blew up whilst they were trying to repair it. An instruction from metro power was to shut the entire lines leaving rolling black outs on the precinct and surrounds. A week later that same joint blew.
Jhb. City power may be under staffed, grids over loaded, poor workmanship – call it what you will – but if you work in Johannesburg – best get yourself a good back up solution!
Cape Town on the other hand has plenty power and the last black out in the cbd area was a distant memory. Ie: getting a generator in the Cape Town cbd area is potentially unecessary. At peak times Cape Town has been known to divert excess power on their grid to other cities (now that’s nuclear power of course from Koeberg, but still, it does the job!)
although, lets not forget when our happy Eskom worker dropped a bolt in the reactor about 3 years ago and blew up the stator. A new one had to be flown in from France. The papers made a riot out of that of course. Cape Town business’s went into shock mode and bought every conceivable back up solution there was. Needles to say, they lie dormant collecting rust and sea air.
Next chapter – Durban!
Who supplies my electricity?
|Eskom||We have introduced an easy to remember national ShareCall number. Dial
08600ESKOM on a phone with an alphanumeric keypad. Alternatively, dial 0860037566 if
your phone does not have an alphanumeric keypad.Regional ShareCall and Telephone Numbers
Braamfontein - 0860110124 : 0117113001
Westville - 0860204560 : 0312045793
Polokwane - 0860100304 : 0152990700
Witbank - 0860001414 : 0136935000
Bloemfontein - 0860535535 : 0514045000
East London - 086040014 : 0437035270
Bellville - 0860037566 : 0219153202
|If you are a customer of one of the Distributors mentioned below, Eskom cannot
assist you with a supply, account queries, electricity supply problems, or other
enquiries. You will have to contact your supplier directly. We recommend that
you check your electricity account to verify who your supplier is, and to
confirm their contact details.
East London, King Williamstown and Bisho
|Open weekdays 7am to 8pm
|City of Cape Town||0860125006 http://www.capetown.gov.za
|City of Johannesburg||0113755555
|Metro information 0800331011
Southern region 0801313001
Central region 0801313111
Northern region 0801313140
Street lights 0800331022
Water accounts 0801311811
Water faults 0801313013
Sewer blockages and leaks 0800323235
Traffic signal faults 0800333467
|Ekurhuleni Metropolitan (Alberton, Eastern Gauteng and Springs)||http://www.ekurhuleni.com|
|City Power Johannesburg||For any city query 0113755555
For any emergency 0113755911
|Mangaung Local Municipality (Bloemfontein)||Power Failure: 0514092345
Metering problems: 0514092333
Account Information: 0514058175 / 8276
Customer Care: 0514092308
New Connections: 0514092253
Southern Free State: 0860101271
|Nelson Mandela Metropolitan
Municipality (Port Elizabeth)
|Customer Service Electricity: Port Elizabeth Area
Munelek, Harrower Road - 0413924162
New Brighton, Ntshekisa Road - 0414544344
Struandale, Struan Way - 0414534159
Motherwell, Addo Rd - 0414611725
Zwide, Johnson Rd - 0414641992
|Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality (Pretoria)||Contact the webmaster
General enquiries and service problems
Electricity Tariff enquiries only http://www.tshwane.gov.za