Eskom to take control of Ekurhuleni's load shedding schedule after supply deal fails

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  • Eskom said it requested the City of Ekurhuleni rectify its violation of its load shedding requirements, without success.
  • Eskom said Ekurhuleni Metro asked the utility to implement load shedding in the city's licensed supply with revised schedules.
  • Eskom has also said snow and heavy rain across the Eastern Cape put a strain on its infrastructure and supply in Tsolo, Qumbu and Matatiele.

Eskom said on Thursday it would have to implement load shedding in the City of Ekurhuleni's licensed supply areas after the Gauteng municipality failed, repeatedly, to do so. 

In a statement, Eskom said it had on "numerous occasions" asked the City to rectify violations of its agreement with the power utility, with "very little success". 

The City acknowledged that it had been unable to implement load shedding as required, Eskom said. 

"In compliance with Nersa [National Energy Regulator of SA] requirements, since Monday, 31 May 2021, Eskom has reduced the required load from the City of Ekurhuleni's respective points of supply," Eskom said.

Eskom said Ekurhuleni Metro requested Eskom implement load shedding in the city's licensed supply areas as an interim measure and the two entities agreed to communicate this to the metro's residents along with revised load shedding schedules.

Ekurhuleni is one of eight metropolitan municipalities in the country and one of three in Gauteng. It had a population of 3.1 million in 2011 census and includes Boksburg, Germiston, Benoni and communities surrounding OR Tambo International Airport.  

In a separate statement, Eskom earlier said that snow as well as heavy rain across the Eastern Cape had put a strain on its infrastructure and that it had been working to restore power supply to areas including Tsolo, Qumbu and Matatiele.

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