Eskom announced on Wednesday evening that they will once again have to implement periods of load reduction to various areas in several provinces on Thursday 29 October in order to prevent their infrastructure becoming overloaded.
Overloading blamed for load reduction
Eskom said in a series of statements directed at customers in the Free State, Limpopo, Gauteng, and KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), that they are struggling to control overloading that puts their fragile infrastructure at great risk.
“Overloading of the network can damage electricity infrastructure by causing explosions of transformers and mini-substations,” they said. “Overloading also poses danger to people and property in the affected communities.”
“Currently, Eskom is battling to keep up with the increased equipment failure caused by overloading that is costing millions to repair.”
They urged customers not to log faults during the load reduction periods and said that they should treat all installations as “live and dangerous”.
Which areas are affected?
The areas affected by load reduction disruptions on Thursday 30 October follow below.
Free State (from 6:00 until 9:00):
The following areas in Fezile Dabi District will be affected:
Limpopo (from 5:00 until 9:00):
The following areas in Mopani District are going to be affected:
Gauteng (from 05:00-09:00):
- Ekangala A,B,C,D,E & F,
- Kudube Unit 1,2,5,8, 11 & D,
- Ga-Rankuwa Industrial,
- Ga-Rankuwa Rural, Ga-Rankuwa Units 3,5,7,8,10, 15, 17, 21, 23, 24, Ga-Rankuwa View,
- Mabopane blocks A,B,C,D,E, CV, M,N,S,U & X,
- Soshanguve blocks BB, NN, NNME1,
- PP East, T Ext, V & W,
- Soshanguve South,
KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) (from 7:00 until 9:00):
- Nhlabane New,
- Glenpark Estate,
- Hlabisa NU,
- Welcome Woods
- Borderland Estate,
- Pleasant Valley,
- Saint Thomas,
- Sunset, Frisco,
- Guijini Mission,
- Mhlangana Mission,
- Saint Bernard,
- Shenfield Common
- Job’s Town,