Back into the dark go Johannesburg residents

By Zukile Majova
Political Editor

Johannesburg’s City Power has announced plans to implement what it calls “load reduction” in some 80 areas, townships and suburbs, from Monday morning.

This is despite Eskom confirming that it was on day 73 of no load shedding nationwide. 

City Power said the load reduction will not exceed two-and-a-half hours per block.

It said the schedule will be implemented during peak hours, in the mornings between 4am to 10am and the evenings between 4pm and 10pm.

City Power said despite numerous warnings, the residents have not used electricity sparingly and are putting a strain on its network.

“Our network is now at critical levels due to continuous demand, which is higher than the electricity equipment can withstand,” said City Power. 

“As a result, load reduction will be implemented in areas where the load exceeds the designated maximum capacity of our transformers, transmission lines or cables.”

It said geysers account for up to 50% of the monthly household energy costs.

“Geysers are among the biggest electricity guzzlers. The ripple relay receivers at the households are connected to at least 69 of our substations. City Power will remotely switch off customers’ geysers once they reach high consumption levels.”

The first round of load reduction efforts will start in the following areas: Alexandra, Freedom Park, Klipfontein, Kliptown, Lawley, Mayibuye, Matholesville, Mountain View, Naturena, Pennyville, Precast, Pimville Zone 9, Princess, Slovo, Thembelihle, Tshepisong and Vlakfontein.

City Power said it planned to intensify its programme to disconnect communities that are connected to its grid illegally along with efforts to recover billions of rands from non-paying customers.

It said communities that are connected illegally are the biggest abusers of electricity and are directly responsible for the 65% surge in usage peaking at 110% in some communities.

Pictured above: Jhb City Power says illegal connections have forced it to introduce load reduction measures.

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