Power outage plunges SA's 'maize capital' into darkness

15 April 2019 - 10:04 By ernest mabuza
A farmer drives a combine harvester while harvesting soya beans near Bothaville. File photo
A farmer drives a combine harvester while harvesting soya beans near Bothaville. File photo
Image: Wikus de Wet/AFP

South Africa's "maize capital" was plunged into darkness when the town of Bothaville in the Free State was hit by a power outage in the early hours of Monday. 

The town, which is known as the country's maize capital, is famous for its annual agricultural show and is a major producer of various crops.

“Tests are being conducted on the transformer to determine the cause of the outage. An estimated restoration time is still unknown," Eskom said in a statement.

The power utility apologised for the inconvenience after the lights went out at 1:30am.

Consumers in the town were urged to treat electrical lines, sockets and appliances as live and dangerous at all times.


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