While power has been restored to all the areas in Johannesburg affected by the alleged acts of sabotage on the city's power supply, the power outage that crippled the city forces scrutiny on City Power's service delivery capacities.
The strike that disrupted Johannesburg's power supply last week is over. On Monday, all City Power employees reported for duty, prompting the power utility's managing director Sicelo Xulu to announce, "Business is back to normal."
The blackouts that hit large swathes of the city during the strike last week are estimated to have cost the city R100m in revenue per day.
It certainly is not small change. And businesses in the affected areas have also suffered.
Speaking on Talk Radio 702 on Monday, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, slammed the power outages as "economic crimes and acts of sabotage".
She said more than 8,000 automotive orders for international markets were delayed because of the power outage during the strike last week.
Businesses hoping to get City Power to compensate them for the losses they incurred, however, are not likely to find any joy. The power utility refuses to accept liability for the power outage last week, reportedly for fear that...