Maybe if the grid was making any sense from the start, it would help.
My area is connected is a way where essentially not all the houses were electrified at the same time. Much like our fibre today, people electrified as they could afford it. Meaning that houses were connected to different sub stations according to the order in which they were electrified. This is what causes you to be out while your neighbor might be fine.
Is this then Eskom's fault, or City Power's fault?
I'm actually in support of Eskom over this (If what they say is actually true).
If illegal connections are causing overloading and thus outages - let these guys bear the brunt of the suffering. Surely it then makes the grid more stable for the rest of us who actually pay?
Like f2wohf said - City Power provided a generator while the substation is repaired.
I have a feeling that a few illegal connections were not connected to this...
City Power have been neglecting the distribution network for decades.
Now, that is coming home to roost.
Too many redundant systems have been allowed to go unrepaired because "hey, it's still working". So now there are plenty of single points of failure.
Case in point - 5 MV cables in blairgowrie were damaged, before Vumatel hit the sole remaining cable keeping Blairgowrie, Bordeaux and Hurling Manor powered up ...