FS load reductions ahead


Eskom will implement load reduction this evening as well as during the morning on Tuesday in various areas around the province. Load reduction takes place after rife network overloading in high density areas.

According to Eskom Free State spokesperson Stefanie Jansen van Rensburg, Eskom cannot afford the repeated replacing of transformers, and has a duty to protect equipment where overloading poses a continuous threat to expensive infrastructure.

“Overloading on the Eskom electrical network results in damage to electricity infrastructure through explosion of transformers and mini-substations, and in prolonged outages.  It also poses a great danger to people and property.  In an endeavour to protect the network and to ensure the safety of the public, Eskom will switch off overloaded networks during peak periods. The practice of load reduction is in line with the electricity operating code,” she said.

Reductions will take place in certain areas in Welkom and Harrismith this evening and in Vrede tomorrow morning. “Eskom will implement load reduction during the evening peak hours of Monday, 14 September 2020. The implementation of load reduction will take effect from 17:00 until 20:00. Eskom will also implement load reduction during the morning peak hours of Tuesday, 15 September 2020 with the implementation of load reduction taking effect from 06:00 until 09:00,” said Jansen van Rensburg.

In Welkom the Soweto substation will be affected which covers the areas of Thabong including Naledi, Tswelopele, Thelerine, and A – C Hostels along with Shoprite. This while Intabazwe in Harrismith as well as Thembalihle in Vrede will be affected by load reductions respectively.

Nomaqhawe Mtebele