Municipal electricians were trying to restore power to Van Dyk Park in Boksburg following the theft of cables in the suburb.
Ekurhuleni metro's media manager, Zweli Dlamini, said low-voltage lines were cut down by cable thieves in the early hours of yesterday morning, leaving hundreds of Van Dyk Park residents in the cold and dark.
Dlamini said replacing stolen cables involved a lot of work, "but we hope to restore power as soon as possible".
"Whatever challenge we face, the metro's team of electricians will work nonstop until the power is restored to Van Dyk Park."
He added that cable thieves were oblivious to the inconvenience they caused and appealed to local communities to assist the local authority, Eskom and Telkom to combat cable theft.
Dlamini said that when cable were stolen, it seriously impacted on service delivery. He appealed to Ekurhuleni residents to report cable theft to the metro's toll-free number 10177 or 011- 458-0911.
"We apologise for the inconvenience and advise residents to treat all electrical networks and equipment as live at all times."
By Anna Louw The Star