Paramedics said a 25-year-old man was electrocuted while conducting repairs to overhead cables on Munn Road in Ottawa on Friday evening.
THE MAN WAS DECLARED DEAD ON THE SCENE ON FRIDAY EVENING
According to Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) spokesperson Prem Balram they received multiple calls from residents in the area requesting assistance at the scene.
“Reaction Officers and Medics arrived on scene at approximately 18:32 and found an off duty paramedic attempting to resuscitate the male.
“Paramedics from RUSA, Netcare 911, and PT Ambulance Service continued with Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR); however, they were unsuccessful in reviving the Electrician.”
Barlam said according to residents, power in the Ottawa area was interrupted on Friday.
“On Friday afternoon, sub-contractors for the Ethekwini Municipality arrived and were in the process of carrying out repairs when the man was electrocuted.”
He added that an investigation into the incident is currently underway.
Meanwhile, Eskom made the announcement that all South Africans have been dreading late on Thursday, and it unsurprisingly caused a major social meltdown.
The power utility said the outages will occur in favour of restoring urgent “generation reserves.”
“In order to replenish emergency generation reserves, Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented starting tonight from 21:00 to 05:00 in the morning, and will again resume on Friday night at 21:00 to 05:00 on Saturday morning,” Eskom said.
“This is to continue replenishing the emergency generation reserves, which have been depleted due to further breakdowns of a generating unit each at Kriel and Tutuka power stations on Thursday.
“Delays in returning generating units at Tutuka, Grootvlei, and Kendal have also contributed to the deletion of emergency reserves,” it said.
“Should the emergency generation reserves not recover sufficiently, it may be necessary to continue load shedding during the day and over the weekend,” it said.
The electricity provider explained that the breakdown cost 14,982 MW of power, while planned maintenance is 5,334 MW of capacity.