Vaal faces load reductions as Eskom fights illegal connections

In an effort to reduce network overloading, Eskom shall be implementing load reduction in Soweto, Vaal and the West Rand from 5pm to 10pm.

Below are the areas that will be affected:

  • Vaal – Driezik, Poortjie, Orange Farm, Boitumelo, Evaton Central, Small Farms, Evaton West, Sebokeng units 8, 12, 13, 14, 16 & 19.
  • Soweto – Dobsonville, Dube, Jabavu Central Western, Klipspruit, Meadowlands Zones 1-10, Mofolo Central, Mofolo North, Mofolo South, Noordgesig, Orlando East and Orlando West.
  • West Rand – Paardekraal and Roodepoort.

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

The utility also urged people in the affected areas to not log a fault during the period.

This overloading was also apparent in areas with multiple or backyard dwellings, bypassed meters, and vandalism of the electricity infrastructure.

“These illegal connections and tampering with Eskom equipment result in damages to electrical infrastructure such as transformers, mini-substations and substations in these areas. The affected areas include parts of Cosmo City, Diepsloot, Ivory Park, Orange Farm, Sebokeng, and Soweto,” said Eskom.

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