As per a notice shared on Twitter, Tshwane residents can expect power cuts on 27 June 2020 from 5:00 until 9:00 to “avoid network overloading”. However, Eskom didn’t verify which suburbs or districts would be subject to load reduction cuts.
Eskom load reduction in Tshwane, Saturday 27 June 2020
This follows after Eskom tweeted shortly before 17:00 on Friday that the maintenance teams were aware of an outage in Protea Glen Extension 11. At the time, technicians were unable to provide an estimated time of return.
Protea Glen power outages
Twitter users soon informed Eskom that residents in Extensions 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, and 10 were experiencing power outages as well. One user said it was rude for Eskom to “just chose to ignore our cries for help” and added:
“I’m in matric and I really can’t afford to fail because of this electricity.”
Another netizen wanted to know if residents in other extensions of Protea Glen were not important and asked: “Or is our money not good enough? Are our kids made of steel, they don’t get cold?”.
And Ext 13 ? Cluster Pine Cresent Street
— Haji (@khal_haji) June 26, 2020
What about extension 16?
— Miss10Jay (@Jeminah02270523) June 26, 2020
Eskom what about ext 29 protea glen
— Penelope Tshifhiwa Maneja (@ManejaPenelope) June 26, 2020
Eskom load reduction in Tshwane: Suspected areas
Several users questioned which neighbourhoods would be subjected to load reduction power outages as “Tshwane is big and this notice is vague”. According to another user, the affected areas are allegedly as follows:
- Ekangala A, B, C, D, E, and F
- Kudube Units 1 to 2, 5 to 8, 11 and D
- Soshanguve BB, NN, NNME1, PP East, T Ext and W
- Soshanguve South
- Mabopane Units A, B, C, CV, D, E M, N, S, U, and X
- Ga-Rankuwa View
- Vuka Swartdam.
The statement shared by the user stipulated that load reduction would be implemented to “avoid network overloading in high-density areas are prone to illegal connections, meter bypasses and vandalism of electricity infrastructure”.
“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 and damages to household appliances when supply is restored”.
The statement was on an official Eskom letterhead but couldn’t be found on any of Eskom’s official social media platforms or website at the time of publishing.
Customers can contact Eskom on 08600 375 66, via the Eskom App, by emailing email@example.com or via SMS on 35328 to report illegal connections and other illegal activities. The Eskom Crime Line is 0800 11 27 22.