Vodacom has given assurance that the fire that blasted out at its Cape Town headquarters was not caused by its rooftop solar panels.
News about the fire started circulating on Sunday the 9th of July 2023, as people who were in Century City near the Canal Walk Shopping Centre posted videos and photos of it on social media.
As the images shared online were showing the company’s rooftop solar system ablaze, Vodacom cautioned that it still had to investigate what the cause of the fire was.
A spokesperson from the telecoms company has revealed in a statement that Vodacom is currently finalising the investigation.
“It is regrettable that the early speculation concerning the fire that broke out at our offices in Century City on 9 July, pointed to the solar panels on the roof being the primary cause of the blaze. This speculation has unfairly cast a bad light on solar energy technology.”
The statement also went on to reveal that as Vodacom is busy finalising the investigation, they felt it prudent to place on record that the preliminary report by the forensic team has ruled out solar technology being the cause of the fire and that it was an electrical fault instead.
“Once the report is finalised, we will issue an updated statement in due course.” – the statement added.
When the fire broke out, Vodacom said there were fortunately not many people in the building, given that it was a Sunday.