1/04/2015
For Immediate Release
RE: New load shedding schedule for eThekwini

EThekwini Municipality has released a new load shedding schedule that will be implementable from Tuesday, 7 April 2015. The Municipality is urging residents to make themselves familiar with the new schedule so they can be prepared in the event of load shedding.

Load-shedding becomes necessary when the national electrical demand on the network is greater than Eskom’s capacity to supply.

Eskom’s National Control Centre monitors its supply and demand ability on a 24/7 basis and issues instructions to maintain this balance to prevent the national grid from collapsing. Load-shedding is an urgent response to an emergency, hence advanced notice is not possible.
EThekwini Municipality has reviewed the load-shedding schedule in order to meet the new 24/7 requirements set out by Eskom. It seeks to address some of the issues raised by customers and attempts to minimise interruptions and introduce more fairness in the allocation of blocks. It considers technical constraints, practicality and sensitivity to local economic impact. The new schedule will also reduce the incidence of customer Block changes due to network faults.

The new schedule will now consist of four stages for the most likely period of load-shedding (06:00 to 22:00 Monday to Saturday) as follows:-
Stage 1: Residential/Commercial Blocks - load-shed once every second day
Stage 2: Residential/Commercial Blocks - load-shed once every day
Stage 3: Residential/Commercial/Industrial Blocks - load-shed once every day
Stage 4: Residential/Commercial/Industrial Blocks - load-shed once every day and twice every second day

Sometimes, technical difficulties in restoring electricity may occur and should a customer remain off for a substantial amount of time after the Block has been scheduled to be restored, then that incident must be treated as a fault and reported to the Electricity Contact Centre on 080 13 13 1111.

During load-shedding, customers are urged to switch off high-demand appliances like geysers, stoves, air-conditioning etc. to ensure that the waiting load at the time of restoration is not high. Switching off sensitive electrical appliances before power is restored also prevents the risk of voltage spikes when power returns.

The new load shedding schedule can be found on www.durban.gov.za, click on the load shedding banner. The new schedule will be implemented in the event of load shedding from the 7 April 2015. Remember to switch off, unplug and save.

ENDS

Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Head, Tozi Mthethwa.
 
For more information contact Gugu Mbonambi on 031 311 4855 or email: gugu.mbonambi@durban.gov.za