Many Joburg suburbs without power, despite 'no load shedding' assurances

2019-12-21 14:56
SA is again in the midst of a load shedding crisis. (iStock)

SA is again in the midst of a load shedding crisis. (iStock)

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While Eskom has given assurances that there would be no load shedding on Saturday, many suburbs in Johannesburg and surrounding areas were without power.

Eskom said on Saturday it does not expect any load shedding during the day, despite experiencing "severely constrained" electricity system due to an unplanned breakdown. 

"While a number of units have returned to service, Eskom unexpectedly lost some generation units last night but load shedding is not expected," the state-owned company said in a statement .

It said it will continue to use emergency reserves to supplement capacity if necessary over this period, warning customers that the system continues to be vulnerable and unpredictable and that "the possibility of load shedding remains", Fin24 reported. 

Suburbs Allens Nek, Constantia Kloof, Honeydew, Radiokop, Ruimsig, Strubens Valley, Weltevreden Park, Little Falls, Wilgeheuwel, Lenasia South, Noordwyk, Alexandra, parts of the Johannesburg CBD, Newtown and others had no electricity for different durations on Saturday. 

City Power attributed the outages to different reasons, such as cable faults and tripped distributors. 

Residents vented their anger on City Power's Twitter feed.

Early this month, President Cyril Ramaphosa assured the nation that Eskom "should not be in a position to have any form of load shedding" between December 17 and January 15, 2020.

This came after the company implemented rotational power cuts from November, as it battled systems breakdowns at its power stations. The power supply constraints saw Eskom  early this month introduce Stage 6 of load shedding for the first time, amid massive public outcry.

Eskom had previously only implemented load shedding up to Stage 4, which allows for cuts of up to 4 000MW. Stage 6 allows for up to 6 000MW to be shed from the national grid, about 12% of Eskom's nominal total capacity.

The company said on Saturday its technical teams will continue to work over the holiday period to monitor the situation, carry out planned maintenance and to work at reducing unplanned breakdowns to below 9 500MW to enable us to minimise the possibility of load shedding.

City Power spokesperson Isaac Mangena could not be reached for comment. 

Read more on:    city power  |  johannesburg  |  power outages  |  load shedding
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