It’s the double-whammy no-one wants – but, sadly, some residents in North West have drawn the short straw here. As load shedding ended at 5:00 on Tuesday, another four hours of load reductions were added to one schedule.

The difference between load shedding and load reduction

Those living in the Rustenberg Sector – and the sub-district of Hartbeespoort – went straight out of the frying pan and into the fire this morning. National load shedding finished in the early hours of the day, but an additional load reduction schedule put locals in ‘a position of no power’ right through until 9:00.

What’s the difference? Well, load shedding is when power cuts are implemented NATIONALLY. Everyone gets the same stages and length of power outages. Load reduction is when Eskom decides to cut the power in a LOCALISED REGION. The firm has previously been accused of sneaking load shedding in via the backdoor, by going down this route.

Rustenberg blindsided by additional load reduction

In a statement published on Tuesday morning, Eskom outlined their reasons for Rustenberg’s unenviable situation. They claim that the move was done to ‘avoid overloading the network’ – and advised the public to take precautions.

“To avoid overloading the Eskom network and damage to infrastructure in high-density areas prone to overloading, Eskom will implement load reduction during the morning peak hours of 1 June 2021. Customers are urged to switch off their electrical appliances to avoid possible damage caused by power surges.”

Will we get more load shedding on Tuesday 1 June?

On Monday, Eskom warned that load shedding could possibly return later in the week – a blow for businesses and workers who are now having to adjust to new Level 2 laws. As the onset of colder weather intensifies, and the third wave of COVID-19 swells, South Africa is most certainly heading into a winter of discontent.

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Presh JM Reporter

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