In a stern warning to the public, power utility Eskom says those who continued to connect illegally to the network could delay power restoration for up to three months. The power utility has been fielding recurring outages, a result of ongoing maintenance to several areas, where some areas were left in the dark for days.
Eskom now warns that a complete audit of failed equipment which has been scheduled to replace failed equipment could take months considering there was a growing number in illegal connections which overloaded the networks.
Eskom noted the rising number in vandalism of pole-mounted transformers and mini-substations, which as a result led to network overloading.
Due to the backlog of equipment failure coupled with apparent community resistance, it may take up to three months to repair and restore supply after the full audit process is completed, Eskom said.
Before transformers are fixed or replaced, they undergo a strict process of electricity audits in order to steer clear of repeated damage.
This comes as Eskom has announced that it will be implementing load reduction in severely affected areas and this would continue until Wednesday.
“We are implementing load reduction from 5am-9am to avoid network overloading in high-density areas that are prone to illegal connections, meter bypasses and vandalism of electricity infrastructure.”
Ivory Park Ext 6,7A, and B, Ext 8 and 10, Kaalfontein, Ext 7, Lindokuhle extension 2, Tswelopele Ext 1 and Rabie Ridge.
Bram Fisherville, Dobsonville, Dube, Doornkop, Glen Ridge, Protea Glen, Protea industrial park, Protea South, Meadowlands East Zone 1,2 and 4, Meadowlands West Zone6 – 9, Mmesi Park, Mofolo North and Orlando.
“During the load reduction, 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 damage to household appliances when power is restored.”