Eskom: Load reduction to hit 4 provinces on Saturday

All municipalities purchase their bulk power from Eskom and, according to the Nersa guideline, this constitutes about 74% of the tariff. Picture:  Bloomberg
All municipalities purchase their bulk power from Eskom and, according to the Nersa guideline, this constitutes about 74% of the tariff. Picture: Bloomberg

Eskom will implement 'load reduction' in four provinces on Saturday evening from 17:00 to 20:00, it said in a notice to customers.

Load reduction, unlike load shedding, involves Eskom turning off power in areas where it believes there is a high risk of damage to its system due to illegal connections and network overload. 

The affected areas on Saturday include Lejweleputswa District Municipality in the Free State, large parts of Soweto and the Vaal area in Gauteng; Ladysmith, Newcastle, uMlalazi, uMhlathuze, uMkhanyakude and Msunduzi municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal and parts of the Mopani and Capricorn districts in Limpopo.

Eskom is battling to keep up with equipment failures relating to overloading that costs "millions" to repair, the debt-laden power utility said.  

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