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CITY’S NEW LOAD SHEDDING SCHEDULES

 

MEDIA RELEASE
NO. 15/2008
23 JANUARY 2008



CITY’S NEW LOAD SHEDDING SCHEDULES

The City of Cape Town has compiled a load shedding schedule that will enable Capetonians to more efficiently plan their business and personal lives.

These schedules apply to Cape Town residents who get their electricity and accounts from the City of Cape Town. They do not apply to residents who receive their electricity and accounts from Eskom.

They are based on fairness and rotation and their intention is to help users plan. They cannot be guaranteed, because Cape Town is linked to an unpredictable national power grid.

It is possible that you will have no load-shedding even if the schedules indicate that this is going to happen. If there is enough electricity available, your supply will not be cut.

If the shortage is greater than planned, your electricity supply could be cut even outside of the planned blocks.

The schedule currently being implemented will apply until the end of March. It can be accessed on the City’s website, www.capetown.gov.za and comprises three colour-coded maps and a list of areas and their potential load-shedding times. The suburbs listings are based on standard Map Studio road directories.

If Eskom advises the City that load shedding is necessary, it will be staggered to affect different suburbs at different times. There will be rotation of shedding taking place within load blocks. Substations in each block will be shut down sequentially until the load shedding target is met.

A load block is all the suburbs advertised for possible shedding during the same time periods.

Load blocks are determined by the electricity network and the area supplied by certain substations. A load block may cut through some suburbs creating suburb parts such as (N), (S), (E) and (W). The maps show suburb outlines with suburb names. However, because of space limitations, not all suburbs are named. (see pdf files of list and maps attached.)

The duration of the load shedding period will be two and a half hours. A consumer can expect an electricity shutdown at any time within this planned two and a half hour time frame.

If, for example, a particular suburb did not have its electricity cut during one of its advertised periods while load shedding is taking place, there is a substantial likelihood that the electricity will be cut during the second scheduled period that day. It is also possible, though, that the power supply will be unaffected that day, depending on the severity of load shedding and prevailing demand for electricity at the time.

However, should the demand be higher than estimated, emergency load shedding outside the scheduled time frame could take place.

The City will make every effort to manage a difficult situation as equitably as possible. It apologises in advance for the inconvenience, caused by a national supply problem. The efforts of many residents who are saving electricity in many ways is welcomed and appreciated.

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ISSUED BY:
COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT
CITY OF CAPE TOWN
TEL: 021 400 3719

MEDIA QUERIES:
CHARLES KADALIE
MEDIA SPOKESPERSON: ELECTRICITY SERVICES
CELL: 084 630 7413

DR LES RENCONTRE
DIRECTOR: ELECTRICITY SERVICES
TEL: 021 446 2007 CELL: 084 563 3411



On behalf of the City of Cape Town

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