Load shedding looms in Msunduzi

2014-11-01 00:00

MSUNDUZI Municipaly was on stand-by on Thursday to shut off power as part of Eskom’s load-shedding drive.

The lights were due to go off at 6 pm in certain areas of the Pietermaritsburg CBD, but fortunately by 5.45 pm, Eskom had sent a message to say the power grid had stabilised.

Msunduzi Electricity’s Doray Vallo said Eskom had warned municipalities, earlier in the week, to be prepared for load-shedding.

The power utility put out a statement calling on industrial and residential customers to cut back 10% of their electricity consumption.

Eskom spokesperson Andrew Etzinger said they expected the risk of load-shedding to continue throughout November. He said this was because of technical issues at the group’s coal-fired power stations.

Etzinger said the problem arose as result of Eskom moving to a “summer load profile,” and maintenance work that had to be carried out. Vallo said that the municipality will be following the load shedding schedule it had put out earlier this year.

If you require the details go to The Witness website: www.witness.co.za and in the search slot type “load-shedding schedule”.

• nalini@witness.co.za

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