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Eskom State of Emergency Declared After New Berg River Floods

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Eskom State of Emergency Declared AFTER New Berg River Floods

Eskom State of Emergency: An extremely strong low-pressure system has hit South Africa’s Western Cape, bringing winter rain equivalent to two months’ rainfall in just three days. The consequences of these floods have caused catastrophic damage to agricultural areas in the region.

Eskom State of Emergency Declared After New Berg River Floods

Impact on Berg River and Agriculture:

The Berg River, which is essential for agriculture in the Western Cape, has overflowed its banks and created new channels. This has led to the washing away of many hectares of land. Growers who previously lost all their crops during floods in June have lost everything again. Vegetable and strawberry crops that were almost ready for harvest have been wiped out again.

Flood consequences for Growers:

Growers in the affected area face enormous financial losses and despair. Many will likely be forced to sell and hundreds of farm workers will be left jobless. Repair costs for damaged pumps and motors are enormous.

Risk of Further Floods:

There are concerns that if floodwaters flow further downstream it could have further impacts on neighboring areas such as Zonquasdrif.

Call for Disaster Area Declaration:

Due to the astronomical damage to agricultural areas and the financial distress of growers, the minister is being urged to declare the area a disaster area. This allows financial support to be provided to repair the damage. So far there has been no financial assistance to repair the flood damage.

Collaboration and Resources:

The Land Care Winelands programmer and some government agencies have provided support, but the financial burden remains enormous for growers.

This text describes the devastating impact of flooding in the Western Cape of South Africa and the serious consequences for the agricultural sector in the area.

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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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