Widespread power outages across many parts of Gauteng, as a result of yesterday’s severe storm, have in turn had an impact on some MTN infrastructure, the mobile operator said on Tuesday.
Severe thunderstorms impacted most of Gauteng late on Monday, causing major damage to infrastructure around the city, including power stations.
MTN said that engineers and service partners worked throughout the night to restore connectivity. It said that mobile generators have been deployed to as many of the affected sites as possible to power the sites and restore connectivity for our customers.
Despite these efforts, approximately 80 sites remain without power.
“MTN South Africa is working diligently to restore services to those affected customers affected by this ferocious storm. We have activated our business continuity plan to ensure that services are maintained at the levels consumers and business customers expect,” said Jacqui O’Sullivan, executive corporate affairs at MTN SA.
“The Yaldwyn Power Station that caught fire in Jetpark, in the east of Johannesburg, has also resulted in extensive power outages. Most of our transmission network and radio networks are equipped with battery back-up and in some cases mobile generators. However, these are short-term solutions, so we are doing all we can to support the necessary power supply repairs that will get our services back up and running for our customers.”