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Loadshedding expected this weekend
​The power system is expected to be extremely constrained over the weekend especially over the evening peak times. At this stage, there is sufficient supply capacity to meet this afternoon’s peak load. However there is a high risk of not meeting the peak load requirements over the weekend. This is as a result of reduced output from the Cahora Bassa power plant that will be undergoing planned maintenance over the weekend.

Eskom has targeted the weekend to conduct load shedding, should the need arise, on purpose so as to limit the impact on the economy. A further update will be released as information unfolds. At this stage, rotational load shedding is likely to be implemented over the weekend.

On Saturday 29/11/2014, load shedding will be implemented from 06h00 to 22h00 - Stage 2.

On Sunday 30/11/14, load shedding will be implemented from 08h00 to 22h00 - Stage 2.

Further, reducing the demand over the weekend by means of rotational load shedding will help build up water reserves for the pumped storage schemes which use water to generate electricity. There is also a need to conserve diesel supplies to support the week ahead.

We call on residents to switch off all unnecessary appliances, to alleviate the pressure on the system and limit the need for rotational load shedding.

ENDS

Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications, Tozi Mthethwa.
For more information contact Thabo Mofokeng on 031 311 4820 or 082 731 7456 or email: thabo1.mofokeng@durban.gov.za or Gugu Mbonambi on 031 311 4855 or email: gugu.mbonambi@durban.gov.za
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