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Eskom said Gauteng will be hit by persistent load shedding this weekend due to network disruptions caused by illegal connections in the province.
In a statement, the power utility said the load shedding would be limited to peak hours between 5 am and 9 am and 5 pm to 10 pm.
According to Eskom, this is when the "most damage"occurs.
"Eskom has noted with concern a spike in transformer and mini-substation explosions caused by network overloading as a result of illegal connections, meter by-passing, tampering as well as theft and vandalism of electrical infrastructure."
The power utility said these explosions lead to prolonged outages that leave people without electricity for days and could cause fatal injuries to people.
"Eskom will continue to implement the load reductions to limit damage to its infrastructure and to protect its assets and communities."