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City Power New Load-Shedding Plan Sparks Confusion Among Johannesburg Residents

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City Power New Load-Shedding Plan Sparks Confusion Among Johannesburg Residents

The introduction of a new load-shedding schedule under City Power after the utility took over from Eskom has brought about confusion and longer power outages for residents in Johannesburg.

City Power New Load-Shedding Plan Sparks Confusion Among Johannesburg Residents

Longer Power Outages:

Residents have noticed that the duration of power outages has increased since the city started managing its own load-shedding schedule.

City Power’s Responsibility:

The city made an announcement to take control of the load-shedding schedule away from Eskom and implement a new one. This new schedule aims to limit customer power outages to two-hour periods, even up to stage 8 of load shedding.

Ensuring Compliance with Megawatt Requirements:

The primary objective behind this transition is to grant the city the authority to decide which areas to subject to load shedding while adhering to Eskom’s megawatt requirements, particularly during critical strain on the power system.

City’s Commitment:

Environment and Infrastructure Services Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) Jack Sekwala expressed the city’s commitment to protecting residents from the effects of load shedding.

New Schedule Implementation:

The new schedule was launched on Monday and was expected to eliminate four-hour blackouts while maintaining two-hour outages up to stage 8.

This change aimed to reduce the frequency of load shedding, with customers likely to experience shedding only once between stages 1 and possibly 3 within a five-day period, and no consecutive days of shedding.

Concerns and Inaccuracy:

However, shadow Environment and Infrastructure Services MMC Nicole van Dyk pointed out inaccuracies and inconveniences for residents with the new schedule. Complaints from various areas of the city included longer four-hour power cuts.

There was confusion stemming from City Power’s statement, which suggested that residents would face only two hours of load shedding per day, regardless of the load-shedding stage.

Late Schedule Upload:

The late upload of the new schedule on a Sunday at about 7 PM raised concerns. This left residents with limited time to prepare and adjust to the changes, which was deemed a serious issue.

Confusion and Frustration:

Johannesburg North Ward 134 Councillor Devon Steenkamp highlighted the confusion and frustration among residents. There was a clear need for more detailed information on area categorization and zoning.

Complexity and Concerns: T

he changes in the schedule were likened to a challenging puzzle that contributed to residents’ anxiety. Additionally, the shift from block numbers to using substations in City Power’s operational language added to the complexity.

Efficient Management and Support:

Concerns were raised about City Power’s ability to efficiently manage fault-finding and address outages promptly, particularly during higher stages of load shedding, when there is limited time between slots.

It was emphasized that City Power should provide clear guidance and support to help residents navigate the new system effectively.

Acknowledgment and Rectification:

City Power spokesperson Isaac Mangena acknowledged customers’ concerns, especially in the northern suburbs, and explained that technical errors occurred during the onboarding of the new schedule due to midnight overlapping transitions.

Efforts were underway to rectify these issues, ensuring the correct allocation of blocks in the new schedule. The schedule is organized into 16 blocks, with each block repeating only after all have undergone load shedding within a day.

For instance, if a resident experienced shedding from 8 AM to 10 AM in block 4, the other 15 blocks would need to be shed before returning to block 4.

It was recognized as part of a larger error that was being addressed, and an apology was extended to customers for any confusion.

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Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

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Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

Until 05:00 on Tuesday, stage 4 loadshedding will continue. Until further notice, Stage 2 and 4 loadshedding will take place.

Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

Monday, 10 July 2023: Stage 4 loadshedding is being implemented until 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday due to increased demand. On Wednesday, Stage 4 loadshedding will be implemented from 14:00 until 05:00, followed by Stage 2 loadshedding from 05:00 to 14:00.

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There will be a daily implementation of this pattern until further notice. A new update will be published if any significant changes are made.

As of now, 14 252MW of generating capacity has been damaged by breakdowns, while 4 118MW of generating capacity has been out of service for planned maintenance.

As of today, Duvha, Hendrina, Kendal, Kriel, Matimba and Medupi power stations have each reactivated a generating unit.

The Arnot and Tutuka power stations each had a generation unit out of service due to a breakdown during the same period.

Tutuka Power Station’s current capacity constraints are due to the delay in resuming two generating units. In order to restore service to the generating units, Eskom teams are working around the clock.

Members of the public are being encouraged to use electricity sparingly and efficiently, and we want to thank the people who do heed the call. During the period between 17:00 and 21:00, please turn off your geysers and pool pumps as this reduces demand, alleviates pressure on the power system, and contributes to fewer stages of load-shedding.

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