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Residents in the Dark as City Power Introduces New Load-Shedding Plan for Johannesburg

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Residents in the Dark as City Power Introduces New Load-Shedding Plan for Johannesburg

The transition of load-shedding operations from Eskom to City Power in Johannesburg has brought about confusion and increased power outage durations for residents. The new schedule aimed to minimize load shedding periods and protect residents from lengthy blackouts but has faced criticism due to operational complexities.

Residents in the Dark as City Power Introduces New Load-Shedding Plan for Johannesburg

Longer Power Outages:

Residents are experiencing extended power outages since City Power assumed responsibility for load-shedding operations, leading to frustrations and concerns.

The revised schedule intended to keep load shedding periods to two hours until stage 8, but the reality has proven different.

MMC’s Commitment:

Jack Sekwala, the Member of the Mayoral Committee for Environment and Infrastructure Services, expressed the city’s dedication to minimizing the impact of load shedding on its residents.

Inaccuracies and Concerns:

Nicole van Dyk, Shadow MMC for Environment and Infrastructure Services, highlighted inaccuracies and inconveniences in the new schedule.

Many areas are reportedly facing four-hour outages. The schedule’s release, only a few hours before its implementation, caught residents off guard and hindered their ability to prepare.

Confusion Among Residents:

Devon Steenkamp, Ward Councillor for Johannesburg’s north region, acknowledged the confusion and frustration among residents.

He emphasized the need for clearer information on area categorization and operational language discrepancies using substations instead of block numbers.

Technical Errors:

City Power spokesperson Isaac Mangena acknowledged technical errors that arose during the transition, mainly due to midnight overlapping transitions.

These issues affected block allocations in the new schedule. The entity is actively working to rectify these issues to provide more accurate schedules.

Conclusion:

City Power’s new load-shedding schedule has faced initial challenges and generated confusion among residents due to inaccuracies, operational language disparities, and unanticipated power outage durations.

Efforts are underway to address these issues and ensure a smoother transition in the future.

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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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