Ricochet News


NOVEMBER 28, 2014

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality today (Friday, 28 November 2014) received a notification from Eskom advising us that "a very high probability exists that Eskom will implement loadshedding this weekend (Saturday and Sunday, 29 and 30 November 2014) to stabilise the power system."

Should the NMBM be required to implement such loadshedding, we will do so in accordance with the 2-hourly schedule that has been widely publicised and which appears on our website www.nelsonmandelabay.gov.za.

"As always, major plants and factories and hospitals are not affected by the loadshedding, and loadshedding will not occur between 22:00 at night and 06:00 in the morning.

"The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality trusts that Eskom doesnot require us to implement loadshedding over this weekend - in this regard, we do appeal to all our residents to use electricity as sparingly as possible so as to lessen the possibility thereof. The NMBM loadshedding schedule (a) is designed to have a minimal disruption or impact on our residents' lives, and (b) is fairly distributed among all eight groups so that each is switched off over a different 2-hour slot over the loadshedding period," said Municipal spokesperson, Roland Williams.

"The Municipality remains hopeful that Eskom will constructively address its capacity supply constraints in the short-to-medium term so that loadshedding does not become a way of life for South Africans."


On Friday, Eskom said that power cuts should be expected over the weekend, as electricity supply throughout South Africa has remained constrained, Eskom said on Thursday. It sites maintenance work to the Cahora Bassa transmission line as the main reason for the interruption.

"While the demand for electricity is expected to be met today and tomorrow, there is a very high risk of load-shedding over the weekend," the power utility said in a statement.

"Eskom has targeted the weekend to conduct load shedding, should the need arise, on purpose so as to limit the impact on the economy."

Last weekend, power outages occurred throughout the country due to limited capacity at the utility’s Majuba Power Station and continuing financial problems.

Load shedding schedules are available to all consumers on the Eskom website, customers could also contact their call centre for additional information regarding the power cuts.

"Eskom calls on consumers to urgently switch off geysers, air conditioners, pool pumps and all non-essential appliances throughout the day to alleviate the pressure on the system and limit the need for rotational load-shedding."