Eskom handed over the implementation of load shedding to the City of Ekurhuleni after this municipality committed itself to complying with the code of practice.
The municipality assured Eskom that it had introduced control measures to deal with the challenges that prevented it from complying with the rules and regulations.
Eskom announced on Wednesday that it will now itself enforce load shedding on the substations in Ekurhuleni – which were previously handed over to the city to manage – after the metro disregarded the rules and regulations of the power outages.
The decision to take over load shedding in Ekurhuleni follows an analysis which indicates that the city is not reducing load shedding according to the regulations.
Eskom will continue to monitor the city and other municipalities to ensure that they implement load shedding accordingly.
“Eskom will take over load shedding from any municipality that fails to comply, for whatever reason. The power supplier is obliged to take the necessary precautions to ensure the stability of the power grid,” says the power supplier.
“Members of the public are reminded to continue to turn off non-essential appliances, such as geysers and pool pumps, as this lowers demand and helps relieve pressure on the power system.”