Lights out in parts of Gauteng as 'load reduction' strikes again

Eskom says more power generating units broke down on Wednesday. Photo: Beeld
Eskom says more power generating units broke down on Wednesday. Photo: Beeld

Soweto and Vaal residents in Gauteng can again expect the lights to go out on Wednesday night as Eskom implements "load reduction" - a localised form of rolling blackouts - from 5pm. 

Rolling blackouts began in some areas of Gauteng again in June, as the beleagured power utility spoke of ongoing illegal connections. 

In a statement on Wednesday, it said the cuts were in a bid to avoid network overloading in high density areas that were "prone to illegal connections, meter bypasses and vandalism of electricity infrastructure".

Load reduction will continue until 10pm on Wednesday in the following areas: 

Soweto: Dobsonville, Dube, Central Western Jabavu, Klipspruit, Meadowlands East Zones 1 - 5, Meadowlands West Zones 6 - 10, Mofolo Central, Mofolo North, Mofolo South, Orlando East and Orlando West.

Vaal: Boitumelo, Evaton Central, Evaton, Small Farms, Evaton West, Seboken Zones 8.12 - 14, 16 % 19, range Farm, Drieziek & Poortjie.

Eskom urged resients to switch off all appliances to avoid power surges when power returns, which could lead to transformer trips or failures, as well as damage to household appliances.

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