The City of Durban has announced yesterday that they will be implementing load-shedding with immediate effect throughout the city.
Residents of Durban must please note that load-shedding will only take place when usage is at a high as per the statement below:
“The following schedule will be enacted ONLY in an emergency situation where Eskom cannot meet the national demand from customers. This is most likely to occur in high demand periods between 18:00 & 20:00 during weekdays and when there are unexpected faults on the generation network. Every effort is being taken to prevent this occurrence, however, should the need arise, customers will be switched off according to the following schedule until the network is stabilised.”
This was announced on their Official Facebook Fanpage and was being shared on other social media platforms. This is the official statement that was released by the City yesterday:
“EThekwini customers can expect Stage 1 of the Load-shedding schedule to be enacted this evening.
The Load-shedding Schedule and the affected areas can be found on Ethekwini’s website and is here below:
Blocks F to go out between 18:00 and 20:30 whilst Block G will be switched off between 20:00 and 22:30. Customers are cautioned to switch off all appliances during the outage and only restore as needed when power does return. This will assist us by preventing nuisance tripping and extended outages.
Summer is the maintenance season for the power plants and as these are taken off for maintenance , we become susceptible to load-shedding. Eskom has experienced technical problems at some of their generation units and this has necessitated the emergency.
We urge all customers to be patient and reduce all non-essential loads to assist us in stabilising the electricity supply grid.”
The announcement of the load-shedding caused an uproar amongst many residents who shared their anger online. However, many residents were experiencing power outages past the load-shedding schedule. Ethekwini Municipality then released this statement:
If you are still experiencing a power outage, it is a result of a fault in the network and not because of load shedding. Please report your outage to the Electricity Call Centre on 080 13 13 111.