Ernest Wolmarans
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4 Jun 2014
6:00 am

Overloading causing power cuts in Soweto

Ernest Wolmarans

Overloading is the root of persistent power outages in sections of White City, Soweto, power utility Eskom has confirmed.

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This follows a recent report by The Citizen highlighting the plight of several residents affected by continual outages – mainly between 5pm and 9pm – during the winter months, suspectedly because of an overloaded circuit breaker installed in the area.

“If the residents allow Eskom to install protective structures with split metering, the unplanned power outages will reduce,” the power utility’s media desk said.

Eskom said it had previously addressed similar problems in Zola, Dobsonville Extension, Messi Park and Meadowlands Zone 11, among others, by installing split meters, but that this process needed buy-in from the communities.

Residents said the offending circuit breaker was initially intended as a temporary measure but that it was likely the cause of outages over the past three winters, despite regular reports to the utility. “Many houses have outbuildings and shacks drawing from the same source. This is probably causing the overload,” resident Basil Motsamai said at the time.

Affected White City residents met to discuss Eskom’s proposal on Sunday. Details of the meeting were not available yesterday.