Load reduction: Four provinces left without power on Monday morning

A large number of residents across four provinces namely; Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and the Free State were whacked with Eskom’s load reductions on Monday morning 19 October. On Sunday, Eskom said power cuts would have to be implemented to avoid network overloading in high-density areas.  

ESKOM IMPLEMENTS LOAD REDUCTION IN SOWETO AND THE VAAL ON MONDAY

According to Eskom’s load reduction timetable, residents in those two areas, which include multiple sub-areas, were without power from 5:00 to 9:00 on Monday morning — a time in which some citizens are expected to get ready for work, get children ready for school in some cases and travel. 

Eskom said the following areas would be affected;

Soweto – Bram Fischerville, Chiawelo, Dhlamini, Dobsonville, Doornkop, Emdeni, Jabulani, Lufhereng, Mapetla, Meadowlands, Molapo, Moroka, Naledi, Phiri, Protea Glen, Protea North, Protea South, Seanaoane and Thulani. 

Vaal – Althea AH, Boipatong, Geluksdal AH, Kanana Park, Orange Farm, Powerville, Sharpeville, Tshepiso, Vanderbijlpark, N.E.3 and Vereeniging. 

KWAZULU-NATAL POWER CUTS 

While Eskom only implemented load reduction in KwaZulu-Natal between 7:00 and 9:00, many areas were affected on Monday. 

Eskom said overloading of networks leads to damage to the electricity infrastructure through explosions in overloaded transformers and mini-substations. 

“It also poses danger to people and property in the affected communities. Currently, Eskom is battling to keep up with the increased equipment failure that is costing millions to repair,” it said. 

These areas in KwaZulu-Natal were affected by load reduction on Monday morning; 

Image via: Eskom / Twitter

On Monday Eskom also announced that it would resume its work to complete construction of the final leg of the approximately 123km of transmission power line, which will run through uMgungundlovu and uThukela District Municipalities. The affected towns are Pietermaritzburg, Estcourt, Howick, Richmond and Mooi-River. 

“It’s important to note that this project will enable Eskom to fulfil its mandate of electricity provision to users in the areas as well as the entire province KwaZulu-Natal,” it said. 

The full statement can be read here. 

LIMPOPO LOAD REDUCTION 

Limopo like Gauteng suffered load reductions from 5:00 to 9:00 on Monday. 

These areas were affected; 

Image via: Eskom / Twitter

FREE STATE 

Eskom implemented load reduction in two districts in the Free State on Monday morning from 6:00 to 9:00. 

Image via: Eskom / Twitter

“Daily updates will be issued to the media and published on Eskom’s various social media platforms. Customers should not log a fault during the load reduction periods and should treat all installations as live and dangerous,” added Eskom. 

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Presh JM Reporter

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