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Eskom to implement load reduction in seven provinces on Saturday

It’s not load shedding, but…

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Eskom announced on Saturday 27 March that load reduction will be implemented across South Africa once again to “avoid network overloading in high-density areas”.

Load reduction – which is technically not load shedding, but if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck… – will be implemented across seven provinces on Saturday.

Eskom load reduction — Saturday 27 March

Load reduction will be implemented in Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the North West between 17:00 and 21:00.

The power utility urges residents to switch off all electrical appliances during this time.

Failure to do so may lead to transformer trips or failures, and damages to household appliances when supply is restored. Please do not report this outage”.


Eskom warned that load reduction will be implemented in the Vaal and Soweto, due to the same issues as mentioned above. The following areas will be affected between 17:00 and 21:00:

Main areaSub areas
SowetoBram Fischerville, Dobsonville, Dobsonville Gardens, Doornkop, Dube, Emdeni, Jabulani, Mmesi Park, Mofolo North, Moletsane, Naledi, Tladi, Zola and Zondi.
VaalDe Deur/Walkerville, Lakeside Estates, Golden Gardens, Johandeo AH, Sebokeng Zones 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 19.

Free State

Eskom urges residents to follow updates from the power utility’s social media accounts, and remind residents that these outages should not be reported. The following areas will be affected between 17:00 and 21:00:

Substation Feeder nameAreas affected in the Free State
Bahale SW station – BETAPart of Maditshakane
Bahale SW station – CHARLIEPart of Maditshakane
Bahale SW station – DELTAPart of Maditshakane

Eastern Cape

Residents in the Eastern Cape were given the same reason for the load reduction: To avoid network overloading in high-density areas and during peak hours. The following areas will be affected between 17:00 and 21:00.

MunicipalityFeeder / pointSub areas
Mnquma Local Municipality, ButterworthLamplough Ibika 66kV breakerNgxalathi, Ibika, Extension 15 and 24, Vuli Valley, Cuba, Mcubakazi, Zizamele, Msobomvu.

The power utility warns that network overloading “causes damage to electricity infrastructure through explosions to transformers, mini substations, and power danger to the livelihood and the environment.

“Currently, Eskom is battling to keep up with the increased impact of illegal connections and tempering. The equipment failure caused by overloading costs Eskom millions to repair”.


Load reduction in Mpumalanga will only be implemented between 17:00 and 19:00 on Saturday 27 March 2021. The following areas in the Ehlanzeni District will be affected:

  • Schoemansdal, Health Centre, Springs, Shangaanhill, Matengteng, Mandela, Garelane, Violent Bank, Rainbow, Majembeni, Shalden.
  • Arthurstone, Saselani, Khayalami, Xanthia
  • Mandulo, Kahhoyi, Mbangwane, Goba, Khombaso, Mbuzini, Thambokhulu
  • Ratang and Wales
  • Maporo, Bhejukufa, Gutshwa
  • Block C, Kamaqhekeza, Langeloop, Phiva, Vlakbult
  • Matsulu B Youth Centre, Matsulu C Section, Matsulu and 3 camps in Kruger National Park, and Matsulu B
  • Cunningmore B, Cork Ronald C, Agincourt RDP, Crocotlawn, MP Stream, Damphies A and B, and Hokwe.


The following areas in Sekhukhune District and Capricorn will be affected between 17:00 and 21:00.

DistrictFeeder / pointSub areas
Sekhukhune District:Steelpoort / Badikila 22kVMadiseng, Mashampthane, Mashifane, Mareseleng, Bothashoek, Riba Cross,
Bothashoek Village, Mashifane Village, Mareseleng Village
Capricorn DistrictGilead / Hlako 22kVSteiloop RDPs 1, 2, 3, and 4
Capricorn DistrictGilead / Makekeng 22kVLesodi


Eskom said it is “currently […] battling to keep up with the increased equipment failure” in the area, and that it is “costing millions to repair”. Therefore, load reduction will be implemented during peak hours on Saturday.

“Overloading of networks lead to damage to the electricity infrastructure through explosions in overloaded transformers and mini substations”.

The following areas will be affected between 18:00 and 20:00 on Saturday, 27 March 2021.

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North West

In the North West province, the Hartebeesfontein sub area under the Rustenburg sector will be subjected to load reduction between 17:00 and 22:00 on Saturday.

Lastly, Eskom urges all customers to report meter bypasses, illegal connections and vandalism of electricity infrastructure on the Eskom Crime Line: 0800 11 27 22.

Now read: Here’s how long South Africans spent in load shedding last year