As it happened: Get ready for weekend load shedding

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21 Nov 2014

Lights are back on in Stellenberg and Cape Town CBD.

21 Nov 2014

On November 5, Charlotte Bauer wrote: "The City Powerless load shedding timetable looks trustworthy with area names, reference numbers and dates neatly set out in grid formation for the benefit of consumer micro-planning. Only problem is, it’s wrong."
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21 Nov 2014

Fin24 user Yvonne Maree wrote: "Load shedding until 10:00 this evening and to top it off we have been without water since around 09:00 this morning.  I an soooooo fed-up!"

21 Nov 2014

Eskom appeals to customers to immediately switch off geysers, pool pumps, air conditioning and unnecessary lights and appliances to reduce the pressure on the system.

21 Nov 2014

ALL YOUR LOAD SHEDDING SCHEDULES:
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21 Nov 2014

Before load-shedding is applied, Eskom makes use of: Gas and hydro options, Contracted and voluntary options with certain large customers to reduce their demand. If all these measures have been exhausted and demand still cannot be met, Eskom will proceed with load-shedding.

21 Nov 2014

Load shedding is a process whereby:

- Eskom’s National Control Centre instructs its Distribution Regional Control Centres, 126 Municipalities and Eskom’s key Industrial Customers on the Megawatts to be shed.

- Eskom (Regional Distributor) and Municipalities execute these instructions by switching off individual areas for predetermined times as per published schedules.

- The duration of load-shedding will depend on the specific Eskom region or on the Municipality; based on local circumstances.

21 Nov 2014

Load shedding moved from stage 1 to stage 2 at 15:00. Here's what it means:

Stage 1 allows for up to 1000 MW of the national load to be shed.

Stage 2 allows for up to 2000 MW of the national load to be shed.

Stage 3 allows for up to 4000 MW of the national load to be shed.

21 Nov 2014

Fin24 user Rina Van Den Berg said: "The hole of Pretoria West had load shedding last night (20 November) from 07:30 until 09:30 on Friday morning."

21 Nov 2014

For some South Africans, load shedding is no worries for the rest of their days.

Fin24 user Charl Thom from the West Coast said: "No problem. Gas stove, candles, braais. Beer stays cold enough until power is restored!"

21 Nov 2014

Perhaps South Africans should celebrate national Braai Day today.

Fin24 user Etienne Deysel said: "Power went off 40min ago. Guess another fish braai tonight.

21 Nov 2014

People are concerned that a weekend of load shedding would affect the rugby.

Fin24 user Thinus Els wrote: "Hope it doesn't affect tomorrow's rugby."

21 Nov 2014

Eskom spokesperson Andrew Etzinger said there would be weekend load shedding, starting at 09:00 on Saturday, but could not confirm what stage that would be at.

21 Nov 2014

Eskom spokesperson Andrew Etzinger said all 2010 Soccer World Cup stadiums have power back-up generators, so those PSL games being played there would not be affected by the weekend load shedding.

21 Nov 2014

The Springboks play Italy at 16:00 overseas. Make sure you're not disappointed by checking to see if your area could be out. See our links to all the load shedding sites to plan your weekend.
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21 Nov 2014

Rolling blackouts this weekend - Eskom  

Power cuts are scheduled to take place throughout the weekend in order to build up reserves for the week ahead, Eskom says.

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21 Nov 2014

Fin24 user Talha Rawat wrote: "I am at work and we have a generator running. Have my phone switched off and charging so I can be prepared if this has to continue until the late hours of tonight."

21 Nov 2014

Fin24 user Yvonne Maree wrote: "We are in Richards Bay with load shedding until 22:00.  Not coping well.  We need at least water.  The water problem is I think, only in the Meerensee suburb.  Can't do dishes, go to the toilet etc.  Bought a 20L water bucket to assist but getting hectic now that everyone is returning from work and earlier, from school.  It sucks!"

21 Nov 2014

The lights could go out - literally - on the Springboks as they tackle Italy in Padova on Saturday, after Eskom begun load shedding on Friday afternoon.

21 Nov 2014

Sport24 has given a complete guide to the weekend sport calendar, taking load shedding into consideration.
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21 Nov 2014

If you can't watch sport on TV, Sport24 will have live updates to keep you informed.
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21 Nov 2014

Eskom: "Load shedding will recommence again tomorrow [Saturday] and Sunday at 21:00 in order to build up reserves for the week ahead."

21 Nov 2014

Eskom said there were a number of reasons for the cuts that began on Friday afternoon. "The power system is extremely constrained... due to unforeseen technical problems at power stations, depleted water reserves at our peaking power stations, which use water to generate electricity, and depleted diesel reserves to fire up the open-cycle gas turbines."

21 Nov 2014

This photo highlights Eskom's business model.
This photo highlights Eskom's business model.<br />
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21 Nov 2014

Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona will announce the 2014 Interim Results next Tuesday (25 November), where sources say a big announcement regarding the synchronisation of the power grid was supposed to have been made. However, the Fin24 source says this announcement will be delayed to at least January 2015.
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21 Nov 2014

21 Nov 2014

Eskom's Madupi Power Station is urgently needed to come onto the grid, after the Majuba Power Station silo collapsed last month. The below video bodes will for a speedy implementation of the station, which should come live in April, 2015.

21 Nov 2014

Eskom invited key stakeholders and media to a transparent information sharing session regarding the management of the power system. This video details what transpired.

21 Nov 2014

Fin24 user Taryn Champion wrote: "We’ve resorted to candles, liquid lamps and rechargeable LED’s, which were difficult to find in a store since the schedule and load shedding announcement was voiced. Besides lights, it’s difficult to do pretty much anything."

21 Nov 2014

Power cuts can come at the most inappropriate time. Take Thozama for example, who wrote on Twitter: "Load shedding whilst at the hair salon, luckily I didn't need any electricity but warm water for my hairdo."
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21 Nov 2014

Readers who want to know about possible load shedding in their areas, you can try to find information on these various sites.
FULL SCHEDULES

21 Nov 2014

Adam Erasmus asked on Twitter: "Why have load shedding schedules if you don't stick to them Eskom?"

21 Nov 2014

The Roundhouse in Clifton said: "Everything is up and running again and we are ready for Sundowners/Dinner!"

21 Nov 2014

Fin24 user Allan Robertson said: "Solar power is the key as it keeps the router and internet going, charges the laptops and powers a bunch of lights and then a gas stove is better for everyday cooking anyway. "

21 Nov 2014

Fin24 user Mike Griebenow wrote: "The whole of Hazyview and surroundings are without power since 15:00. Normally we receive a sms from Eishkom but today we got nothing.  Feel sorry for all the holiday makers arriving at the time share resorts in a heavy rain storm and total darkness."   

21 Nov 2014

Fin24 user Juan Addison has come up with an innovative way of dealing with the current load shedding. Fin24 cautioned him not to drink and drive and his response was: "The garage can't open [because of the load shedding]. So no driving."
Fin24 user Juan Addison has come up with an innovative way of dealing with the current load shedding. Fin24 cautioned him not to drink and drive and his response was: "The garage can't open [because of the load shedding]. So no driving." <br />

21 Nov 2014

Leonard Masilela wrote on Twitter: "I live in a township and Eskom never load sheds us."

21 Nov 2014

Fin24 user Fabian Cairns wrote: "We used generators in the office and part of the dairy, but as for the rest, sit and hope. Few of the stores in town closed until the power came back up, which was about an hour ago. As can be expected, there was money lost due to production stoppages and the effects there of. Lost time in labour costs, none of which can be gotten back and Eskom can carry on with impunity, seriously over it."

21 Nov 2014

Nathaneal Nate Davids posted this photo on News24's FacebooK site: "Eskom really times their load shedding perfectly. #WhatMustHappenNow"
Nathaneal Nate Davids posted this photo on News24's FacebooK site: "Eskom really times their load shedding perfectly. #WhatMustHappenNow"
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