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Eskom moves to Stage 2 loadshedding - see schedule for Metro

Eskom moves to Stage 2 loadshedding - see schedule for Metro

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality says residents can expect loadshedding on Monday, 8 DECEMBER 2014after Eskom announced that it had moved to Stage 2 load shedding from 09:00 "due to a further deterioration of plant availability". 

Early on Monday morning, Eskom had announced that it had "commenced load shedding in stage 1 @ 08:00 until 12 noon today. The units we took out over the weekend have not returned."

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Director of Communications, Roland Williams, said that it was important for disgruntled residents and businesses to note that; 

1.Eskom, not the Municipality, announces loadshedding, depending on supply vs demand at any given time.

2. The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is unable to predict with any certainty as to whether there will be loadshedding for the week-ending 14 December 2014.

3. However, given the situation over the last two weeks, it would be reasonable to expect that there could very well be loadshedding in this next week.

4. The NMBM has proactively worked out a schedule, should Eskom announce loadshedding.

5. The schedule makes provision for either Stage 1 or 2 or 3 or 4.

6. Each Group is equitably distributed so as to make the loadshedding schedule as fair as possible across days and time periods.

7. There are times (as on Friday) when Eskom will announce a change in Stage during the day. For example on Friday, Eskom announced Stage 2 at 08h00, then Stage 3 at 11h00. In such cases it may, of course, result in an unequitable spread over that day. For this we apologise, but we have no control over such instances.

8. It is NOT in the interests of the Municipality to make and/or keep our customers/residents unhappy. We are doing our best under extremely difficult circumstances.

9. We have sincere empathy for all households. We understand about refrigerators, babies' bottles and small businesses. Indeed, we are all equally affected and frustrated by the current situation.

10. We endeavour to constantly keep our residents informed of the loadshedding situation through various media platforms. In this regard, we would like to extend our very special thanks to The Herald/Weekend Post, Die Burger, Algoa FM, Bay FM, iFM, Kingfisher FM, KQFM, PE FM, Bay TV and the SABC for readily availing their platforms to keep residents informed.

Below is the schedule per Stage for the week-ending 14 December 2014.