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Why Load-Shedding Varies Among South African Cities-Eskom

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Why Load-Shedding Varies Among South African Cities-Eskom

Eskom Load-shedding in South Africa varies significantly in terms of frequency and duration among different municipalities. While some areas like Durban’s eThekwini experience around four hours a day during stage 6 load-shedding, regions in Gauteng can endure up to twelve hours of outages daily.

Why Load-Shedding Varies Among South African Cities-Eskom

Eskom’s NRS048-9 guidelines provide a framework for load-shedding, but the discretion to implement it lies with each municipality.

Thekwini stands out for its innovative approach, using an automated system to maintain shorter and more predictable load-shedding periods. This diversity in approaches highlights the complexity of managing power cuts across the country.

Varying Load-Shedding Durations South Africa experiences uneven distribution of load-shedding, with municipalities implementing varying durations and schedules.

While Eskom’s NRS048-9 guidelines specify the required reduction percentages for each load-shedding stage, municipalities have the flexibility to create their own schedules based on these parameters.

Innovation in Load-Shedding Management eThekwini Municipality in Durban has gained attention for its innovative approach to load-shedding.

They have implemented an automated system that allows them to maintain two-hour load-shedding blocks up to stage 8, unlike other municipalities that use four-hour blocks at higher stages. This system has enabled eThekwini to reduce the total number of hours of load-shedding, making it more efficient and predictable.

Strategies for Shorter Load-Shedding Blocks eThekwini’s automation system allows them to switch the load-shedding system on and off in real-time, making the duration of load-shedding predictable. This approach has been lauded for its effectiveness in reducing the impact of load-shedding on residents and businesses.

Potential Standardization Efforts The issue of standardization in load-shedding schedules across municipalities is being addressed through a third revision of the NRS048-9 guidelines that is open to public comment. This revision aims to create a more standardized approach to load-shedding across municipalities.

Comparing Load-Shedding Across Municipalities A comparison of load-shedding schedules among South Africa’s metropolitan municipalities reveals differences in the number of hours residents experience during load-shedding.

Johannesburg and Tshwane have some of the longest load-shedding hours on average, while Polokwane averages fewer hours during stage 1. eThekwini stands out with significantly shorter load-shedding hours, especially during stage 6, making its approach distinctive.

Load-Shedding Impact on Residents Residents in municipalities with longer load-shedding hours experience greater disruptions, affecting daily life and business operations. The complexity of managing load-shedding in South Africa requires a balance between Eskom’s guidelines and local adaptations to meet the unique challenges of each area.

Efforts to Standardize Load-Shedding The ongoing revisions of guidelines and innovations in load-shedding management aim to address the inconsistencies across municipalities. Standardizing load-shedding schedules and improving predictability can help mitigate the impact of these disruptions on communities and businesses.

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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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