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Load reduction schedule for Gauteng, KZN and Mpumalanga on Thursday

These areas in Gauteng, KZN and Mpumalanga will be affected by load reduction on Thursday 23 July. Find the schedule here.

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Eskom sent out a load reduction notice for three provinces on Thursday 23 July. It said Gauteng, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) would be affected by power cuts.

Here’s which areas will be affected and at what time.

LOAD REDUCTION IN GAUTENG

Eskom Gauteng said it would be implementing load reduction from 17:00 to 22:00 to avoid network overloading in high density areas that are prone to illegal connections, meter bypasses and vandalism of electricity infrastructure.

These areas in Gauteng will be affected by load reduction:

Soweto: Chiawelo, Central Western Jabavu, Dhlamini, Jabavu, Klipspruit, Mofolo Central, Mofolo North, Mofolo South, Molapo, Moroka, Moroka North, Orlando Ekhaya, Orlando West, Pimville Zones 1 to 7 and 9, Senaoane and Zondi.

West Rand: Bekkersdal, Kagiso, Rietvallei and Sinqobile.

Vaal: Evaton Central, Evaton North, Evaton West, Lakeside, Sebokeng Zones 3, 7, 8, 10, and 12, Small Farms and Stretford.

“To avoid network overload, please use electricity sparingly by switching off non-essential electrical appliances such as geysers, washing machines, and heaters during peak times,” it said.  

Report illegal connections on the Eskom Crime-Line number at 0800-112-722

NOTCIE FROM ESKOM KZN

Eskom in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) said load reduction would take place between 07:00 and 09:00 as well as between 17:00 and 19:00 on Thursday 23 July. 

Eskom said overloading of networks leads to damage to the electricity infrastructure through explosions in overloaded transformers and mini-substations.

“It also poses danger to people and property in the affected communities. Currently, Eskom is battling to keep up with the increased equipment failure that is costing millions to repair,” it said.

These areas will be affected:

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NKANGALA DISTRICT, MPUMALANGA

The implementation of load reduction will take effect from 17:00 to 21:00. 

“To avoid overloading the Eskom network and damage to our infrastructure in high-density areas that are greatly affected by illegal connections, meter bypasses and vandalism of electricity infrastructure, Eskom will commence to implement a load reduction process in the afternoon of Thursday 23 July in affected areas in the Nkangala District,” it said in a statement.

These areas will be affected: 

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During load reduction implementation, customers are advised to treat power lines as live and to switch off all electrical appliances to avoid power surges when the power returns. Failure to do so may lead to transformer trips or failures, and damages to household appliances when supply is restored. 

LOAD REDUCTION IN EHLANZENI DISTRICT, MPUMALANGA

The implementation of load reduction will take effect from 17:00 to 21:00 on Thursday.

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