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Stage 6 load-shedding warning: City continues to build reserves to help reduce impact<p>‘As a City, we will do all we can to help our residents, protect service delivery and infrastructure and keep our network stable. Needless to say, Stage 6 load-shedding will have a profound impact on Cape Town and we are working to make sure the impact is reduced as far as possible by offering some protection from the higher stages of load-shedding. <br> <br>‘This just underscores how necessary it is for Cape Town to move on our own to end load-shedding and reduce our reliance on Eskom power as quickly as we can. Much work is already under way with this goal in mind - in the City’s own build, small-scale embedded generation, wheeling and independent power producer programmes. In fact, the bid process for Independent Power Producers closed yesterday. In the meantime, we are doing everything in our power to assist our customers and we thank them for their support,’ said Executive Mayor, Geordin Hill-Lewis.</p><p><strong>Flatten the peak use! </strong><br>‘Eskom’s load-shedding typically happens at short notice and it is done to prevent a total collapse of the national power system, known as a blackout. <br> <br>‘The City always tries its very best to protect its customers. This is evident by looking at the data: Between January and May 2022, the City protected its customers through the use of the Steenbras Hydro Pumped Storage Scheme with one stage of load-shedding amounting to approximately 514 hours or 21 days of protection. Currently, the City has not offered much protection as it has worked to make sure there are reserves in place to stabilise the power grid for our customers should Eskom advise that we are heading into higher stages of load-shedding. <br> <br>‘Customers can help by reducing power usage especially in the evening and mornings – flatten the peak by delaying the use of electrical appliances to non-peak times and switching off non-essential electrical appliances. Geysers use the bulk of household energy and reducing the temperature of the geyser to 60 degrees Celsius or making sure the geyser is on a timer and only active for an hour or two per day is a crucial step to reducing energy usage and making sure we are able to build some reserves,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Councillor Beverley van Reenen. <br>  <br><strong>Eskom’s load-shedding – what happens from Stage 4? </strong></p><p> </p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.33%;"><strong>Load-shedding for City customers – what it means</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.33%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.33%;">​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Stage </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>What happens </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Power off duration </strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Stage 4 </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Four areas off, three times per day. </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p>Stage 1 to 4 – at any given time customers are only being shed for 2,5 hours.</p><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Stage 5 and beyond could see load-shedding blocks of 4,5 hours added on a day or an alternate day depending on a particular schedule. Customers would need to check their own areas and schedules.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Stage 5</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Five areas off; three times per day. </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">One of the load-shedding blocks is 4,5 hours while the other two load-shedding durations will be 2,5 hours. </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Stage 6</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Six areas off, three times per day. </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p>Customers could experience two 4,5 hour load-shedding blocks on alternate days. They'd need to check their particular schedule to see the impact. </p><p>The remaining load-shedding block (s) would be 2,5 hours each. </p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Stage 7</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven areas off, three times per day.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p>Customers could experience two 4,5 hour load-shedding blocks in the day or on an alternate day (according to the particular schedule).</p><p>The remaining load-shedding block (s) would be 2,5 hours each. </p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Stage 8 </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">50% of areas off at the same time.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">No relief: 4,5 hour load-shedding blocks, three times per day as long as Stage 8 is active.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>The City is holding as much reserves as possible as contingency measures to avoid the worst-case scenarios. </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><strong>Load-shedding tips </strong></p><p> </p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;"><strong>Load-shedding toolkit – tips </strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Keep devices charged</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p>Make a family contact plan: </p><p>*To help keep in touch should the power go out for prolonged periods (no or low cell reception/connectivity)</p><p>* Keep vulnerable family members and friends in mind. </p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Make a workplace contact plan (no or low cell reception/connectivity)</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Approach intersections where the traffic signals are off, as four-way stops.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Switch off electrical appliances to avoid nuisance tripping and reduce geyser temperature to 60˚C, or put geyser on a timer. </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Make sure your vehicle has fuel in the tank.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Keep cash on you as ATMs can't operate without electricity.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Make sure backup batteries for electrically operated gates, garage doors and security systems are able to last through periods of load-shedding.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Store temporary lighting such as battery-powered torches, gas lamps and candles (with lighters) in places where they will be easy to find in the dark.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p><strong>Plan ahead</strong></p><p>Check out the City's load-shedding app. To download:</p><p> </p><p>&#127822; <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a></p><p>Android: <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a></p><p> </p><p>City's service channels (please only use one channel):</p><p>SMS: 31220 (standard charges apply)</p><p>Email:</p><p>Online: <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><strong></strong> </p>2022-06-27T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#dfdcb4f5-2ec2-4bd4-9a9f-3086ef5830a7;L0|#0dfdcb4f5-2ec2-4bd4-9a9f-3086ef5830a7|energy;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#b195be29-9300-4dc7-ac99-92629ce847ac;L0|#0b195be29-9300-4dc7-ac99-92629ce847ac|electricity;GP0|#d9c65199-63f5-41e3-8dc8-44db8191a582;L0|#0d9c65199-63f5-41e3-8dc8-44db8191a582|load-shedding10


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