Power utility warns on possible load shedding

While Eskom is working hard to return generating units to service, the possibility of loadshedding during the peak demand hours is high. We request the public to reduce electricity usage as the power generation system is severely constrained.

One generation unit at the Tutuka power station tripped, while another one was taken off the grid, as well as a unit at Lethabo. The return to service of a generation unit each at Duvha and Kendal power stations have been delayed.  All of these have added significant pressure to the generation system.

Any additional breakdowns will compromise Eskom’s ability to supply the country through the peak demand period of 17:00 – 21:00. This constrained supply situation may persist through the weekend.

Eskom urges the public’s co-operation in managing demand in order to help us avoid loadshedding and supply the country’s demand through the peak periods.

LOAD REDUCTION – GAUTENG

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

Affected areas include:

Soweto

Bram Fischerville, Diepkloof Zones 1 – 6, Nomzamo, Orlando East, Orlando Ekhaya and Orlando West.

Vaal

Drieziek, Golfview AH, Lakeside, Oakmere AH, Ohenimuri, Orange Farm and Stretford.

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 or failures, and damages to household appliances when supply is restored. 

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