High possibility of load shedding: Eskom

MARCH 27, 2015

Eskom again warned on Friday morning that the possibility for load shedding was high.

“Good day - the #load_shedding prognosis for today remains  high and is dependent on the performance of the power plant,” the power utility said in a tweet.

Eskom implemented load shedding last weekend and again on Wednesday and Thursday.

On Thursday, the power utility said that the load shedding was due to a shortage of generation capacity as several units are currently out of service due to planned and unplanned outages.

“Eskom would like to assure customers that load shedding is implemented as a necessary measure to protect the power system from a complete blackout,” it said in a statement.

“Eskom calls on all customers to reduce the load on the electricity grid by urgently switching off geysers, air conditioners, pool pumps and all non-essential appliances throughout the day, which will reduce electricity demand.

“Commercial customers, particularly shopping centres and office blocks, can also make a big difference by switching off non-essential lights and not leaving office equipment such as photocopiers and computers in standby mode after hours.”

More than 1,000 workers fired at Medupi

Meanwhile, Eskom has confirmed more than 1,000 workers who took part in a one day strike at the Medupi Power Station this week have been fired.

The utility says contractors employing more than 3,000 workers who took part in the one day stay away have decided to take disciplinary action against the group. 

The workers who've been fired had previously been issued with written warnings.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe explains, "So far it’s over 1,000 but the number can go up depending on the charges against them. These things are adding up and the companies are beginning to take action.”

Construction at Medupi was halted for two days when the workforce walked off site after their representatives were unable to resolve the dispute.

Here is the schedule for the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (just in case you will need it):

23 MARCH 2015 – 29 MARCH 2015

 

Time

Mon

Tues

Wed

Thurs

Fri

Sat

Sun

06:00 -08:30

Group 7

+

Group 8

Group 5

+

Group 6

Group 3

+

Group 4

Group 1

+

Group 2

Group 7

+

Group 8

Group 5

+

Group 6

Group 3

+

Group 4

08:00 -10:30

Geysers

+

Group 1

Geysers

+

Group 7

Geysers

+

Group 5

Geysers

+

Group 3

Geysers

+

Group 1

Geysers

+

Group 7

Geysers

+

Group 5

10:00 -12:30

Group 2

+

Group 3

Group 8

+

Group 1

Group 6

+

Group 7

Group 4

+

Group 5

Group 2

+

Group 3

Group 8

+

Group 1

Group 6

+

Group 7

12:00 -14:30

Group 4

+

Group 5

Group 2

+

Group 3

Group 8

+

Group 1

Group 6

+

Group 7

Group 4

+

Group 5

Group 2

+

Group 3

Group 8

+

Group 1

14:00 -16:30

Group 6

+

Group 7

Group 4

+

Group 5

Group 2

+

Group 3

Group 8

+

Group 1

Group 6

+

Group 7

Group 4

+

Group 5

Group 2

+

Group 3

16:00 -18:30

Group 8

+

Group 1

Group 6

+

Group 7

Group 4

+

Group 5

Group 2

+

Group 3

Group 8

+

Group 1

Group 6

+

Group 7

Group 4

+

Group 5

18:00 -20:30

Geysers

+

Group 2

Geysers

+

Group 8

Geysers

+

Group 6

Geysers

+

Group 4

Geysers

+

Group 2

Geysers

+

Group 8

Geysers

+

Group 6

20:00 -22:30

Group 3

+

Group 4

Group 1

+

Group 2

Group 7

+

Group 8

Group 5

+

Group 6

Group 3

+

Group 4

Group 1

+

Group 2

Group 7

+

Group 8

 

 Please note that: 

  • The schedule does not mean that every single household/property in a particular Group will definitely be switched off for the entire duration of the Loadshedding time-slot; 
  • Hospitals and major industrial areas are not affected by Loadshedding. In certain instances, there are households which are supplied from the same substation that provides power to a hospital or factory (such as at SANCA in Chatty) - these households are, fortunately and consequently, not affected by Loadshedding; and
  • You will not experience Loadshedding outside of the schedule as it is applicable to a specific stage. Should there be a power outage in your area outside of the schedule’s time-slot, this is due to a cable fault and not Loadshedding. In such instances, we endeavour to keep you informed.