Msunduzi promises power cut clarity

2008-04-08 00:00

THE Msunduzi Municipality has promised to produce a map to enable easier understanding of the load-shedding schedules, and to give a clearer description of what areas fall under which sub-stations.

Some suburbs are served by more than one sub-station, so the fact that an area like Pelham is listed in two different blocks of the load-shedding schedule does not mean that all Pelham residents will be in the dark eight times a week, as some residents feared.

Philemon Mashoko, strategic executive manager for infrastructure, services and facilities, explained that the electricity department is aware of the fact that some areas appear to be affected by the load shedding of up to three sub-stations, and they are working on refining the apparent duplication.

“All I can advise our consumers to do is to please watch out for the times their electricity goes off this week as we will be sticking to this schedule, and they will know which sub-stations they are affected by,” said Mashoko.

Mashoko sympathised with sports lovers whose television viewing will be disturbed on Saturdays, but said nothing can be done.

While Mashoko has promised that the schedules will be adhered to, Lugogo Shoes, a small shoe factory in Rosedale, has tried to plan their operations around the schedule, but municipality botched the plans by not sticking to listed times.

Company owner Duncan Naidoo said that they had planned to start work earlier, at 6.30 am, and to take a break at 8.30 am when the power goes off until 11 am when the power returns, but the power went off at 9 am and came back at 11.30 am.

“This caused a loss of time on production. We don’t mind the schedule being late or early by five minutes, but 30 minutes is too much,” Naidoo said.

Gideon Joubert, who owns a small takeaway in Hoosen Hafejee Street, welcomed the new schedule as the old one would have cut his income by 75%, and would have forced his business to shut down as the power cuts were scheduled from 11 am to 1.30 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday — peak hours of his business.

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