Load reduction Eskom

Load shedding continues at Stage 3 on Monday – Photo: Flickr

Load reduction implemented TONIGHT – here are your schedules

Eskom is expected to implement load reductions in five provinces between 17:00 and 22;00 on Friday evening

Load reduction Eskom

Load shedding continues at Stage 3 on Monday – Photo: Flickr

Some South Africans are in for several hours in the dark on Friday, 19 August 2022, as Eskom will be implementing load reduction in seven provinces, between 17:00 and 22:00.

Load reduction is slightly different from load shedding – it is used to reduce the increasing demand for electricity that is supplied to members of the public. This is usually in neighbourhoods where illegal connections cause overload and damage infrastructure. Load reduction is meant to protect the infrastructure.

“Overloading also poses danger to people and property in the affected communities. Currently, Eskom is battling to keep up with the increased equipment failure caused by overloading that is costing millions to repair,” the embattled power utility said.

The provinces that are affected are: Limpopo, North West, Eastern Cape, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).


Eskom said it will be disrupting electricity to several districts in Limpopo, including Sekhukhune, Vhembe AND Waterberg between 17:00 and 19:00.

Meanwhile in other provinces, load reduction will be implemented between 17:00 and 22:00. Check your areas below.

Last week Friday, President Cyril Ramaphosa engaged residents in Sebokeng, who have also been subjected to load reduction, due to illegal connections.

“This problems starts with us and we all know the people who are involved in illegal connections. In some instances, we also heard about some Eskom employees being involved in illegal connections which cause explosions to our transformers and as a result leading to 20 000 other households being left without electricity…Then we are quick to blame Eskom,” he said.