Acting Municipal Manager for Polokwane Municipality, Ndavhe Ramakuela has assured soccer fans that no blackout will affect the Polokwane City Football Club match against Premier Soccer League Champions, Kaizer Chiefs scheduled for Tuesday evening at Peter Mokaba Stadium.
This after last Tuesday’s match between Orlando Pirates against Super Sport United when the lights failed in the 62nd minute of the second half, leaving fans in dismay as the match was called off.
“Yes, the faulty floodlights at the stadium have been repaired and all systems are ready for the upcoming Kaizer Chiefs game,” Ramakuela said. He also indicated that technicians were hard at work to identify the problem affecting the flood lights.
Asked what could have caused the failure, Ramakuela said extensive and thorough investigation conducted identified that a power surge had damaged the uninterrupted power supply (UPS) control unit and the rectifier card linked to floodlights.
“This occurrence is rare but can happen unexpectedly,” Ramakuela said.
“The normal maintenance and regular tests will continue to be undertaken. The city will also request additional capacity to the current electricians working at the stadium especially during night games,” added Ramakuela.
He also appealed to the soccer loving people of province to come in their droves to fill the stadium in support of the beautiful game.
“We thank football lovers for continuing to come to the stadium in large numbers and promise to make sure that they will continue to experience the best of South African soccer at their doorstep.”