2015-04-29 09:24

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 reaches this stage.

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 sub- station.

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 one requires­ that Msunduzi sheds five percent of total consumption (11MW). Stage two required 10% (22MW), and stage three, 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 it wants, 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 its usage because this company is already on voluntary load shedding.

“That has helped 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, 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 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 Road, Haniville, Woodlands, Belgotex and Prilla2000­.AREA 2

The Riverside substation supplies electricity to KSM Milling, Northdale Hospital, Cinderella Park, Eastwood, Glenwood, Bishopstowe, Tembelihle, Tamboville, Sobantu, Willowton Road, Birmingham Road, Epic Oil, Abi, Grix Road, Filpro, Sheffield Road, Coventry Place, Panorama Gardens, Beacon Hill, Mountain Rise, Royston Road, Orhtmann Road, Willowton Road, Tucker Road, Promed Road, Dartnell Road, Albany Bakery, Manchester Textiles, Lincoln Meade­ – Grimthorpe Avenue, Dunsby Avenue­, McPherson Road, Lennox Road, Promed Road, Orhtmann Road, Epol Mills, Capital Oil, TDM, Arthur Thompson Road, Willowton Products, East Street, Manor, Echo Road, Bulwer Street, Cinderella Park, Manning Avenue, Chesterfield Road, DuToit Viljoen Road, Bruply, Willowton Road, Tucker Road, Nampak, Mountain Rise – Royston Road towards Greytown Road and Willowton Road (Oaklands, Burnside, Kennilworth, New Horizon School) City East – (between Bulwer Street and Longmarket Street and between Retief Street and East Street), Birmingham Road, Cardiff Road, Ross Road Spearhead Rice Mills, ML Sultan School, PG Bison, Wiganthorpe Road and Echo Road.AREA 3

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

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