Eskom implements

2018-06-21 06:01

Eskom has declared a power system emergency at extremely short notice and implemented load shedding for the second time in less than 24 hours.

The City of Cape Town advises residents it is able to operate the schedule as before, and avert low levels of load shedding if consumption remains low.

Residents are, however, advised to be prepared for periods without power.

Owing to spare generation capacity at the Steenbras Pumped Storage Scheme at the time, residents of Cape Town were spared the first two blocks of outages, between 12:00 to 14:00 and 14:00 to 16:00, as these were applicable to off-peak times.

But when consumption increases during peak periods, it is likely power will need to be conserved.

Residents are advised to familiarise themselves with the schedule available on the City’s website, to know when to expect their area to be without power, and to prepare accordingly.

“We are entirely dependent on Eskom informing us of what their generation capacity will be, so unfortunately we are at this point unable to provide residents with more detailed information on what to expect” said Xanthea Limberg, Mayoral Committee member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services, and Energy. “However, we believe there is a risk that load shedding will continue to be implemented throughout the next week.

“Our teams were given a few minutes’ notice yesterday (Thursday) evening that they would need to trigger load shedding operations, and this was amid conflicting messages from the parastatal, so we urge residents to be on guard and prepared for this eventuality at all times.

Limberg asked that residents please do everything possible to keep consumption to a minimum.

“If residents are using a lot of energy there is not much left to spare of the Steenbras surplus,” she said. “We are especially grateful for the power generated by the Steenbras pumped storage scheme, as it allowed our Muslim residents to celebrate Eid without having to sit down to a cold lunch.”

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