Load reduction: Blackouts in Gauteng, KZN, Mpumalanga, Free State, Limpopo
The utility urged people in the affected areas to not log a fault during the period.
The power interruption in the CBD follows two main feeder cable faults that were reported at Queen Street substation on Tuesday. Image: iStock
Power utility Eskom has announced that it will be implementing load reduction which will impact certain areas in Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) on Tuesday, 29 September 2020.
In a statement, Eskom said the implementation of load reduction was due “to avoid network overloading in high-density areas that are prone to illegal connections, meter bypasses and vandalism of electricity infrastructure”.
The affected areas include:
Eskom said that load reduction will be implemented from 5pm to 10pm in the Soweto and Ivory Park.
The power utility further said that load reduction will be implemented from 5pm to 9pm in the Ehlanzeni district.
- Orinoco A. B & C. Hlamalani, Chris Hani, Ndlamakhosi, Baromeng, Violet Bank, Rainbow, Majembeni, Shalden, Demulani and Sibambayani
- Health Centre, Springs, Shangaanhill, Matengteng and Mandela.
- Bulk point of supply at KC29/1, Sucrose substation
- Matsulu and 3 camps in Kruger National Park
- Arthurstone. Tsuvulan, New Forest
Load reduction in KZN will be implemented from 5pm to 7pm in Newcastle and other areas mentioned.
The Mopani and Capricorn districts will be impacted by load reduction from 5pm to 9pm.
Meanwhile, load reduction will be implemented from 5pm to 8pm in Lejweleputswa and Thabo Mofutsanyana district.
The power utility also urged people in the affected areas to not log a fault during the period.
“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,” Eskom said.