Wed. Sep 30th, 2020

Eskom load reduction: Tshwane power cuts planned for Saturday 27 June

Eskom on Friday evening 26 June posted an urgent notice stating that load reduction will be implemented in Tshwane on Saturday morning.

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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?”.

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
  • Kopanong
  • Mabopane Units A, B, C, CV, D, E M, N, S, U, and X
  • Jakkalas
  • Klipgat
  • Kromkuil
  • Makanyaneng
  • Masoga
  • Mmakaunyana
  • Winterveld
  • Ga-Rankuwa View
  • Mathibestad
  • 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 customerservices@eskom.co.za or via SMS on 35328 to report illegal connections and other illegal activities. The Eskom Crime Line is 0800 11 27 22.  

Also read — Eskom to continue load reductions in Gauteng over the weekend

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Image via Twitter.

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