Pretoria – The N4 has been reopened.
Late on Monday evening, the City of Tshwane said a “team from Energy and Electricity has just completed clearing the N4 eastbound freeway of power lines that fell on the road last night and the freeway has been reopened for traffic”.
The 132kv power lines fell on the N4 freeway at around 9 pm Sunday night which resulted in a power outage affecting large parts of Pretoria East and North.
This incident led to the closure of the N4 freeway east between Solomon Mahlangu and Simon Vermooten on and off-ramps.
“The initial assessment by the Energy & Electricity team found that at least seven powerline structures have collapsed and are badly damaged,” the City said.
“Further investigations have revealed that about three pylons were vandalised which caused the power lines to collapse and fall on the road, leading to the closure of the freeway.
“The city has lost 300 megawatts of power since last night following the vandalism incident.”
Meanwhile, Eskom has announced that Stage 3 load-shedding was implemented from 17:00 Monday until 16:00 on Tuesday.
“Thereafter, Stage 5 load-shedding will be implemented from 16:00 until 05:00 on Wednesday followed by Stage 3 load-shedding until 16:00,” the power utility said.