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Expect load shedding from Tuesday: Eskom

Sep 14, 2015
Expect load shedding from Tuesday: Eskom

While Eskom on Monday announced that the probability of load shedding is low for this morning and medium for this evening, the power utility on Sunday warned that the power system will be constrained this week because of maintenance work at the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric scheme.

On Monday, Eskom looked set to clock 36 days of no load shedding. However, the planned maintanance placed load shedding, which is designed to prevent a collapse of the grid, back on the table.

"As a result [of the maintenance], South Africa will get 650 MW instead of the 1 500 MW that is normally imported from Cahora Bassa on a daily basis," Eskom said.

The maintenance is expected to be completed on Sunday, with the scheme expected to be back on full power the next day.

Eskom said that the grid will be constrained, particularly over the weekday evening peak periods from Tuesday to Friday.

"Eskom will utilise its emergency reserves to augment the capacity shortfall as a result of this planned outage."




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

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