City Power denies phase 8 over the weekend


City Power has denied rumors that it mistakenly applied phase 8 load shedding instead of phase 6 load shedding last weekend.

Isaac Mangena, spokesman for City Power, says all municipalities and Eskom are guided by Nersa’s code of practice NRS 048-09 when load shedding is introduced. “This ensures equal distribution of the load shedding to collectively protect the national power grid from collapse.”

Mangena says that according to this code, municipalities must offer 5% of stored electricity per phase to Eskom. “During phase 1 of load shedding, City Power gives Eskom 120 MW of electricity per block through load shedding. On 24 November for example, load shedding between 12:00 and 14:30 was applied to block 13, 2, 7, 12, 9 and 14. Then load shedding between 14:00 and 16:30 was applied to block 16, 11, 6, 1, 4 and 15. Each block contributes 120 MW to each load shedding phase.”

Mangena says to comply with the regulation, the entity has divided the load shedding program as follows:

  • Phase 1: consumers experience one power outage
  • Phase 2: consumers experience one or two power outages
  • Phase 3: consumers experience two or three power outages
  • Phase 4: consumers experience three power outages
  • Phase 5: consumers experience three or four power outages
  • Phase 6: consumers experience four or five power outages

For consumers who experience four power outages during phase 6 load shedding under City Power’s load shedding schedule, there will be no power supply for eight hours. Those experiencing five power outages during phase 6 load shedding under City Power’s load shedding schedule will be without any power supply for 10 hours.

“This only happens in the higher phases of load shedding. Through it all, industry and business customers and essential services are relieved of load shedding to make sure we protect jobs, investments and lives.”