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Nelson Mandela Bay residents without power due to strike

Jul 29, 2015
Nelson Mandela Bay residents without power due to strike

While the strike by staff at the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality's Electricity and Energy Directorate has been a blessing for some residents hoping it would mean no load shedding, reports have emerged that there are several suburbs currently without power since last weekend - from Seaview, to the Northern Areas as well as Rocklands and other parts of Uitenhage.

According to the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, the illegal strike has hampered the municipality's ability to attend to electricity related problems from residents.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality said that  it hopes to reach an agreement with striking staff before Friday.

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Spokesperson, Mthubanzi Mniki, told local radio station, Algoa FM, that the Municipality's Portfolio Chairperson for Infrastructure  and Engineering, Councillor Andile Mfunda, met with striking workers on Monday in a bid to find common ground.

Mniki says the meeting was positive.

He advised residents to continue registering electricity queries and complaints with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality's call centre.