Jeffreys Bay
Disaster strikes Jeffreys Bay

Well into the third day without power, sewage spills on the beaches, retailers unable to trade and concerns that certain suburbs will run out of water has ensured a bleak holiday time for Jeffreys Bay.

Raw sewage heading towards the beach.

Raw sewage heading towards the beach.

A power line that went down on Saturday morning caused a major power failure in JBay over the weekend with millions of rand being lost to retailers as holidaymakers deserted the town and headed to Port Elizabeth for entertainment and shopping on a rainy day.

The Christmas to New Year period is traditionally one of the busiest trading periods of the year, but the power failure saw shops empty and even closed – a sight never seen before in Jeffreys Bay.

Retailers and restaurants have reported dismal trading over the past few days, and petrol stations have been running out of diesel as those with generators try to keep their doors open for trading.

The beaches were badly affected with sewage pouring out onto Kabeljous and Checkers beaches due to pump stations not functioning. This has spread to Aston Bay where sewage is spewing from the Cormorant Street pump station.

There are concerns that the upper parts of Wavecrest that are supplied by boreholes will run out of water as no pumping is happening while the power is down.

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According to the Kouga Municipality, there are problems with municipal and Eskom lines at Jeffreys Bay and Humansdorp.

“We expect to have the power restored by 1 pm depending on rain conditions,” said spokesperson Laura Leigh Randall.

However, many holidaymakers are already cutting their holidays short and are leaving town due to the black outs.

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