Eskom have said on Wednesday 17 June that their operations in Gauteng are under severe strain, with major power outages resulting from a network overload.
The embattled power supplier has blamed overuse of electricity in the province, as well as the use of illegal connections for the challenges they are facing this week.
Major power outages resulting from illegal connections
Eskom said that residents should urgently refrain from using too many power outlet at once and that those who are disrupting the distribution of power by attaching illegal connections to substations immediately cease and desist.
"Gauteng areas are experiencing major power outages due to the network overload. Please use electricity sparingly and stop illegal connections to prevent network overload and prolonged supply interruptions," Eskom said on Twitter.
Gauteng areas are experiencing major power outages due to the network overload. Please use electricity sparingly & stop illegal connections to prevent network overload and prolonged supply interruptions. Report illegal coonections on 08600 37566— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) June 17, 2020
In June, several interventions have been made to stem the scourge of illegal connection operations, with two people charged with vandalism and illegal connection operations on 11 June.
One of the arrested suspects, a hardware store owner, had illegally reconnected his store to a substation after his business was disconnected due to non-payment.
On Tuesday, Eskom said that infrastructure such as transformers and substations were being tampered with at a significant rate.
"Eskom has noted a significant rise in network overloading resulting from illegal connections across the high-density areas of Gauteng. The overloading is also apparent in areas with multiple or backyard dwellings, bypassed meters, and vandalism of electricity infrastructure," they said.
"These illegal connections and tampering with Eskom equipment result in damages to electrical infrastructure such as transformers, mini-substations and substations in these areas."
Eskom said that technicians have been urgently dispatched to fix network connection issues in the following Gauteng areas:
Meadowlands Zones 2, 6, 7 and 8;
- Pimville Zone 6; [*]Klipspruit; [*]Mofolo North & South;[*]Sebokeng Zones 10, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 20 and 21; [*]Orange Farm Ext1; [*]Lakeside Ext1; and [*]Duduza.
Power supply interruptions due to network overload affecting
Meadowlands Zones 2, 6,7&8, Pimville Zone6, Klipspruit, Mofolo North & South, Sebokeng Zones 10,13,14,16,17,18,20&21, Orange Farm Ext1, Lakeside Ext1 and Duduza.
Technicians dispatched.— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) June 17, 2020