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Back into the dark go Johannesburg residents

Johannesburg City Power has announced plans to implement “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 its load reduction will start on Monday, 10 June and 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.

The regional power utility said despite numerous warnings for residents to use electricity sparingly, the residents have not listened and put 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.

“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,” said City Power.

It said the biggest culprits were geysers.

“Geysers are among the biggest electricity guzzlers, accounting for up to 50% of monthly household energy costs. These ripple relay receivers at different households are connected to at least 69 of our substations .... City Power will remotely switch off the customer geyser 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 and 110% in some communities.

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

Source: X