Blacks out lead to plenty of local frustration

The Endumeni area has been hit hard by load shedding. There were two bouts yesterday – midday to 2pm and 8pm to 10.30pm.

With Eskom announcing stage 4 from 8am today until 11pm, you can expect the power to go off – although the utility’s new schedule on their website is a bit more complicated to read than the previous one. As it stands the schedule reads: Dundee off  from 10:00 to 12:30. Then from 18:00 to 20:30.

Eskom says stage four load-shedding on Saturday was caused by a further decline in water reserves used to supplement generation capacity as a result of the recent cyclone in Mozambique knocking out the power supply that South Africa buys from her neighbours.

The power utility has appealed to residents and businesses to use electricity sparingly.

Residents have questioned the logic behind blacking out power at 10pm on a Saturday when most factories – the biggest users of electricity – are shut.

Eskom said in a press release that the power needs to be shut down to allow reserves to be built up. Residents have also questioned as to why Newcastle and Estcourt municipalities control load shedding through their own resources which means that both towns have not experienced load shedding.


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