State-owned power supplier Eskom have announced that further load reduction will be implemented across areas in gauteng on Monday 29 June.

The embattled power supplier, whose network is said to be under strain as a result of a spike in the manufacturing of illegal connections to the grid by disconnected neighbourhoods and businesses, said that most of the areas affected on Monday are highly prone to such illegal behaviour. 

“We are implementing load reduction from 17:00-22:00 to avoid network overloading in high density area that are prone to illegal connections, meter bypasses an vandalism of electricity infrastructure,” they said in a statement

“During the load reduction implementation, customers are urged to switch off all their electrical appliances to avoid power surges when power returns. Failure to do so may lead to transformer trips or failures, and damages to household appliances when supply is restored.” 

They added earlier on Monday that should there be an increase in energy demand outside of the peak period, more load reduction will be actioned with the purpose of “protecting Eskom’s assets from failures and exploding”. 

Eskom load reduction: Affected areas on Monday 29 June

The following areas will undergo rotational load reduction on Monday 29 June: 

Soweto: 

  • Bekkersdal
  • Chiawelo;
  • Dhlamini; 
  • Jabavu;
  • Jabavu Central Western; 
  • Jabulani; 
  • Klipriviersoog; 
  • Klipspruit;
  • Mofolo Central; 
  • Mofolo North;
  • Mofolo; South; 
  • Molapo;
  • Moroka; 
  • Moroka North; 
  • Orlando Ekhaya; 
  • Orlando West; 
  • Pimville Zones 1-7, 9; 
  • Senoande; and 
  • Zondi. 

West Rand: 

  • Kagiso; 
  • Rietvallei; and
  • Sinqobile. 

Vaal: 

  • Evaton Central; 
  • Evaton North; 
  • Sell Farms; 
  • Evaton West; 
  • Lakeside; 
  • Sebokeng Zones 3, 7, 8, 10, and 12; and 
  • Stretford. 

No arrests made in Eskom hostage situation  

On Sunday 28 June, a hostage situation developed in one of its East Rand offices, with perpetrators, unhappy about the continued blackouts, entering the building demanding that they restore power to affected neighbourhoods. 

No arrests have been made with regard to that incident.

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Presh JM Reporter

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