Cape Town – Eskom is implementing stage one load shedding on Sunday which will affect a number of Johannesburg suburbs, according to a statement that was released by Johannesburg’s power utility, City Power.
Eskom dampened the FIFA World Cup festivities when announced stage one load shedding on the tournament’s opening night on Thursday. The parastatal went on to announce that the probability of load shedding during the weekend was high.
“The alert means that there is a likelihood of load shedding being implemented between 17:00 and 21:00 this evening. Should Eskom confirm that load shedding will proceed as per the alert City Power will notify its customers,” the statement said.
The statement said if stage 1 load shedding is implemented at 17:00, areas in block 7A (which includes areas like Lenasia, Sophiatown, Newlands, Martindale, Riverdale, Mellville, Slovo Park and Nancefield) will be affected by the load shedding cycle that begins at 16h00 and ends at 20h30.
“Areas in block 8A (including Willowild, Hurlingham Manor and Glenadrienne) will be affected in the next cycle of load shedding that takes place between 20h00 and 00h30. Please refer to the attachments to see when you will be affected by load shedding in your area,” the statement said.
Eskom has advised customers to reduce their consumption of electricity to alleviate pressure on the system by switching off geysers, pool pumps and other non-essential electrical appliances. They recommend viewing the World Cup at a pub or in larger groups, instead of at home.