Eskom warned late Tuesday evening, 7 July that it would be implementing load reduction in Soweto, Vaal and the West Rand on Wednesday morning, starting at 5:00. These measures are put in place to "avoid network overloading".
"We are implementing load reduction […] to avoid network overloading in high-density areas that are prone to illegal connections, meter bypasses & vandalism of electricity infrastructure"
Eskom load reduction in Gauteng
According to Eskom, the following areas will be affected on Tuesday 8 July, from 05:00 to 09:00.
- Dube[*]Central Western Jabavu[*]Klipspruit[*]Meadowlands East Zones 1 – 5[*]Meadowlands West Zones 6 – 10[*]Mofolo Central[*]Mofolo North[*]Mofolo South[*]Orlando East[*]Orlando West
- Drieziek[*]Evaton Central[*]Evaton[*]Evaton West[*]Orange Farm[*]Poortjie[*]Sebokeng Zones 8, 12 – 14, 16, 19[*]Small Farms
Eskom urges users to switch off all electrical appliances during load reduction to avoid electrical surges when the power returns.
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.
One Dobsonville resident dryly remarked: "Dobsonville didn't have electricity for 24 hours, are you actually mad?" while another pointed out that most people "are sleeping right now but you insist on sharing this at 22:00".
Eskom has yet to respond to any of the residents' remark, despite several netizens providing reference numbers for logged queries.
Loss of units at two power stations
On Tuesday, Eskom also warned that it lost two generation units totalling 1 300 MW — one at Medupi and one at Tutuka power station. At the time, Eskom called on residents to switch off all non-essential appliances.
"Eskom requests the public to use electricity sparingly as the power generation system is severely constrained after two generation units tripped earlier his evening [7 July]".
Eskom warned that the constrained supply situation may continue into the weekend. However, the power utility later confirmed that the electrical grid was stable once again.
LOAD REDUCTION - GP
Tuesday, 7 July 2020: We are implementing load reduction from 05:00 – 09:00 (tomorrow morning, Wed, 8 July 2020) to avoid network overloading in high-density areas that are prone to illegal connections, meter bypasses & vandalism of electricity infrastructure pic.twitter.com/raLVxOQR1C— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) July 7, 2020
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