As rolling blackouts continue to plague the City of Joburg, officials are working on measures to ease the impact on residents and safeguard vital infrastructure while also aiming to reduce reliance on Eskom in the future.
City Power Takes Charge of Load Shedding After Parting Ways With Eskom
City Power Takes Control of Load Shedding
The City of Joburg has initiated steps to stabilize the city’s electricity grid by transferring control of load shedding operations to City Power, a municipal utility.
This transition means that City Power will manage load shedding in most areas within Johannesburg, a responsibility previously held by Eskom.
Limiting Load Shedding to Two Hours
As part of this change, City Power has the capacity to limit load shedding to a maximum of two hours, even during more severe load shedding stages like Stage 5 and higher.
This move aims to improve the efficiency and management of load shedding in the metro.
Areas Still Supplied by Eskom
However, certain areas in Johannesburg will continue to be served by Eskom due to “technical complications.”
These areas include Tshepisong, Lufhereng (Roodepoort), Hoogland, Maroeladal, Morningside, Riverclub, Dainfern, Bloubosrand, Waterford Estate, Riverbend, Kyasands, Bellairspark (Randburg), Halfway House, Halfway Gardens, Vorna Valley, Willowway (Midrand), and Marlboro Transit Camp (Alexandra).
City Power has faced challenges with its infrastructure due to high levels of load shedding, as the aged and strained grid struggles to cope with frequent power interruptions.
The City of Joburg’s decision to take control of load shedding operations and limit its duration is part of a broader strategy to enhance the city’s electricity supply and eventually reduce dependence on Eskom, the state-owned utility responsible for much of South Africa’s power generation.