From next week, City Power will manage load shedding in Johannesburg, a move aimed at limiting the slots to a maximum of two hours, even during Stage 5 and above, according to an agreement with Eskom.
City Power Takes Control Limiting Johannesburg Load Shedding Slots to Two Hours
Challenging Four-Hour Slots
City Power has recognized the economic strain the prolonged four-hour blackouts have placed on local businesses, which often led to closures.
The City Power spokesperson, Isaac Mangena, emphasized the need for more sustainable load shedding slots.
Eskom’s Handover of Load Shedding Operations
Eskom confirmed that it would hand over load shedding operations to City Power effective from Monday, November 6, marking a significant change in load shedding management.
While City Power will manage load shedding in most areas, Eskom will continue to handle load shedding in certain locations due to the configuration of the network and technical complexities.
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).
Efforts to Exclude Industrial Firms from Load Shedding
City Power aims to reconfigure its network to eventually exclude industrial firms and major companies from load shedding.
Both entities are committed to exploring technical solutions for the remaining customers currently managed by Eskom.
History of Load Shedding Control
In the past, control of load shedding shifted between Eskom and municipalities. Earlier this year, Eskom assumed load shedding control from the City of Ekurhuleni after the municipality struggled to implement power cuts to protect local industries.
Eskom later returned the load shedding function to the municipality in July.
City Power’s Extensive Substation Network
City Power manages nearly 260 substations in the Johannesburg area, playing a critical role in power distribution.
This move is part of City Power’s efforts to provide more stable and shorter load shedding slots while mitigating economic impacts on local businesses.