Msunduzi publishes 'incase-of-crises' power-cut list

2008-08-05 00:00

The Msunduzi Municipality has released a new load shedding schedule in preparation for emergency power cuts that might be imposed by Eskom in its attempts to encourage the municipality to save more electricity.

Residents must brace themselves because this time around, load-shedding might take place even later at night.

Strategic executive manager for infrastructure services and facilities, Phil Mashoko, said that this is because Eskom has warned them that emergencies might occur at any time.

Mashoko said they have revised the schedule at the request of Eskom in case the latter loses energy due to unforeseen circumstances or experiences unprecedented high levels of energy use.

He said Eskom has a certain electricity reserve margin and if that is reduced, they will require municipalities to shed load to retain it.

The strategy of switching off geysers from a central point in efforts to save power is still on the cards. Eskom has approved the project and once funds are available they will proceed with the implementation, he said.

He said that another way of saving energy that will be welcomed is for residents to request a reduction in their MCB and that this will prevent many appliances being used at the same time.

Eskom’s regional communications officer, Nhlanhla Madlala, said that in an emergency, the municipality will be expected to contribute 18 megawatts, the same as during the pre-emptive load shedding state.

Madlala said that this does not mean load-shedding is back. He said the system is looking tight and what is needed is readiness in case of emergencies and when that happens, after other systems have been exhausted, a warning will be issued to the municipality to commence with load shedding.

He said saving more energy helps reduce electricity demand and allows time for maintenance of their systems.

He added that the load shedding schedules to areas directly supplied by Eskom would remain unchanged in case of emergency shedding.

Click here for the new load-shedding schedule

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