Braced for Stage 4

2015-04-23 00:00

IF Eskom moves to a stage four load shedding status, Msunduzi will have to put out a new load-shedding schedule to accommodate this.

Acting Msunduzi Municipality process manager for electricity, Doray Vallo, said this week he hoped it never reached this stage.

Vallo was speaking to The Witness about how the municipality would react to meet Eskom’s energy saving demands.

He said major substations like Riverside, Northdale and Retief Street supply many areas and in terms of stage one and two load shedding, the municipality only switches off as many areas as they need to at each stage, and not the entire area supplied by each substation.

He said they rotated areas within these substations, which could account for people not being cut off when the load-shedding schedule indicates they should be off.

He said stage three load shedding requires all areas supplied by substations to be switched off as reflected on the current ­load-shedding schedule.

A stage four status was not accommodated in the current schedule, but homes and businesses would bear the brunt equally.

Vallo explained that Stage 1 requires that Msunduzi sheds five percent of total consumption (11MW). Stage 2 required 10% (22MW), and stage 3 20% (44 MW).

He said stage four requires double that of stage three; about 40% of the city’s total consumption that needs to be shed.

“When Eskom tells us how much they want, we decide which substations to turn off,” he said, adding that some large ­companies were already on voluntary load shedding.

“There is no need to ask the likes of Hulamin to reduce their usage because this company is already on voluntary load shedding. That has helped us a lot, because previously we used to shed a lot more,” he said.

Vallo said Riverside, Northdale and Retief Street substations had the capacity to ­supply significant savings.

These supply electricity to thousands of homes and industries.

Noma Kanyile, the communications manager at Hulamin, said the company had been on voluntary load shedding since 2014.

Chamber of Business CEO Melanie ­Veness said they are in constant contact with Msunduzi and the municipality was accommodating of business needs.

She said the substations feed big industries which are important for the economy.

Northdale Community Policing Forum chairperson Jay Jugwanth said load shedding is acceptable when people are informed.

He said in Northdale they have set up a combined crime action group that works closely with the police and the community to deal with crime during the blackouts.

“The moment there is a blackout, these guys go out with their cars and they patrol the area,” he said.

• Northdale substation supplies electricity to Raisethorpe, Allandale, Orient Heights, Copesville, Dunveria, Bombay Heights, Darjeeling Heights, Newholmes, Belfort, Northdale, Samanaville, Otto’s Bluff Road – Site 11, Claridge, Wartburg Rd, Table Mountain Rd, Haniville, Woodlands, Belgotex, and Prilla2000.

• The Riverside sub station supplies electricity to KSM Milling, Northdale Hospital, Cinderella Park, Eastwood, Glenwood, Bishopstowe, Tembelihle, Tamboville,

Sobantu, Willowton Rd, Birmingham Rd, Epic Oil, Abi, Grix Rd, Filpro, Sheffield Rd, Coventry Place, Panorama Gardens, Beacon Hill, Mountain Rise, Royston Rd, Orhtmann Rd, Willowton Rd, Tucker Rd, Promed Rd, Dartnell Rd, Albany Bakery, Manchester Textiles,

Lincoln Meade – Grimthorpe Ave, Dunsby Ave, McPherson Rd, Lennox Rd, Promed Rd, Orhtmann Rd, Epol Mills, Capital Oil, TDM, Arthur Thompson Rd, Willowton Products, East St, Manor, Echo Rd, Bulwer St, Cinderella Park, Manning Ave, Chesterfield Rd, DuToit Viljoen Rd, Bruply, Willowton Rd, Tucker Rd, Nampak, Mountain Rise – Royston Rd towards Greytown Rd and Willowton Rd (Oaklands, Burnside, Kennilworth, New Horizon School) City East – (between Bulwer St & Longmarket St & between Retief St & East St),

Birmingham Rd, Cardiff Rd, Ross Rd Spearhead Rice Mills, ML Sultan School, PG. Bison, Wiganthorpe Road and Echo Road.

• Retief Street substation supplies City East, Victoria Road, Greyling St up to Boshoff St, Symonds Centre, Slatter St, Pietermaritz St, Bateman St, Church St, Boshoff St, Longmarket St, Chase Valley, Town Bush, Oak Park, Victoria Country Club, City East, Greys ­Hospital, Wembley, Ferncliff, Cascades, Liberty Mall, East St Medical Centre, Murphy St, Capital Centre, Hassim Centre, AEL Centre, Hilton, Hilton Gardens, Winterskloof, Sweetwaters, Upper Mount Michael, World’s View and Cedara Road.

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