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Eskom mum on Friday power outlook

Jul 17, 2015
Eskom mum on Friday power outlook

Eskom has not announced whether it is expecting a fourth day of load shedding on Friday. By 11am, Eskom was still to announce the power outlook for the day‚ in keeping with its pledge to “provide regular updates on the status of the power system through all the media platforms”.

The power utility often issues updates before 9am. But on Friday, one of its two Twitter accounts only referred to Thursdays blackouts‚ which marked Eskom’s third consecutive day of load shedding this week.

Eskom attributed the power interruptions to “increased electricity demand and a shortage of generation capacity resulting from low diesel levels at our open cycle gas turbines”‚ as well as cold weather conditions across the country.

Curbing non-payment by municipalities

This week‚ Eskom claimed progress in its “effort to curb the non-payment of electricity by several municipalities”.

“Eskom had earlier notified defaulting municipalities and their electricity customers that should payment plans not be signed and honoured‚ their electricity supply would be interrupted during the morning and evening peak periods from 5 June‚” an Eskom statement said.

“Most of the municipalities now have payment plans in place. These municipalities will only have their power supply interrupted should payment plans not be honoured and only if absolutely necessary‚” it read.

Five municipalities were named as facing “interruptions” as they had payment plans but were not honouring them. The were Ditsobotla and Madibeng in the North West; Makana in the Eastern Cape; and the Free State’s Dihlabeng Nketoana and Nala.

The Free State’s Ngwathe municipality was reported as having no payment plan and facing interruptions.


For the Buffalo City Municipality (East London and surrounds) click for your suburb from here: Buffalo City load shedding scehdule

For the Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth and surrounds) schedule click here: Nelson Mandela Bay – load shedding schedule 

For the Kouga Local Municipality (Jeffreys Bay and surrounds) click for your suburb from here: Kouga Local Municipality load shedding schedule