High risk of load shedding tonight: Eskom

APRIL 23, 2015

Eskom says there is a medium probability of load shedding during the day on Thursday, with a high probability of load shedding in the evening. 

"Good morning SA the load shedding prognosis for this morning is medium.

"Please note that the load shedding prognosis for the evening is high and is dependent on the performance of Eskom's power plant," Eskom said in a Tweet on Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, new Acting CEO of Eskom, Brain Molefe, has said that the state-owned parastatal could eradicate load-shedding by the end of the year if an additional 3 000MW can be found.

He stated that current generating capacity stood at 43 000MW but that ongoing maintenance would result in a cut of 5 400 megawatts and the implementation of load-shedding.

Molefe however rebuked speculation that the Eskom was bankrupt after the utility received a R23 billion injection from government earlier this year, and despite being downgraded to “junk status” by Standard & Poor last month.

“From a cash position Eskom has got a substantial amount of facilities that have been negotiated but not drawn down,” he said, adding that that the lights have remained on 96% of the time.

“We will be engaging with rating agencies to find out what it is they would like to see for Eskom to be re-rated investment grade and we will do everything that they say we should do to bring it back.”

WEEKLY LOADSHEDDING SCHEDULES, STAGES 1, 2, 3 & 4

Please note that:  

In order to equitably distribute loadshedding both geographically and in terms of time, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality rotates eight (8) groups over a weekly period, with each group being shed for an equal number of hours over the said week, and each receiving a different loadshedding timeslot so that the distribution is fair.

As Eskom does not necessarily announce loadshedding everyday, this may result in some groups being shed more than others over a period. The consequent unintended "inequity" is sometimes exacerbated by a change in the stage of loadshedding (Eskom has four different stages of loadshedding depending on the demand versus the supply).

For this we sincerely apologise but -- as the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality cannot predict with any modicum of certainty as to, firstly, whether or not there will be loadshedding and, secondly, at what stage such loadshedding will be -- the scheduling system that the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality have compiled is the most optimally equitable system that can be applied.

Of course, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality are always on a path of continuous improvement and, more importantly, are always cognisant of and attentive to the feedback of our residents. To this end, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality have picked up that the substation feeding supply to certain sections in Area 18 of Group 6, namely parts of Westering, Linton Grange, Kabega Park and Morningside, were regularly experiencing cable faults, resulting in residents in these affected areas either experiencing power outages outside of the loadshedding schedule or, in certain instances, not being switched off at all in order to protect the integrity of the ambivalent substation.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality are happy to announce that we have now rectified this particular problem: these sections shall now be be fed from a substation in Rowallan Park;  these sections will, therefore, now fall under Area 14 of Group 5 and will, accordingly, experience loadshedding as part of Group 5.

Please note that this will not mean that the entire suburbs mentioned will be in Group 5, as sections thereof will remain in Group 6.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality apologise for the change in the grouping but reiterate that this is indeed part of continuous improvement.

 SEE UPDATED DOMESTIC GROUPS

  • 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;

    Loadshedding will not be implemented outside the scheduled timeframes.