Cape Town loadshedding

The City of Cape Town has plans in place to shield residents from Stage 6 loadshedding. PHOTO: Twitter/@geordinhl

Cape Town plans to shield Stage 6 loadshedding

City of Cape Town has plans in place to shield residents from Stage 6 loadshedding as it affects infrastructure.

Cape Town loadshedding

The City of Cape Town has plans in place to shield residents from Stage 6 loadshedding. PHOTO: Twitter/@geordinhl

The City of Cape Town will continue to shield residents from Stage 6 loadshedding by attempting to limit the blackouts to a reduced Stage 4 to save relevant infrastructure.

CAPE TOWN OPERATES PLANT AT FULL CAPACITY

Cape Town’s ability to offer loadshedding reduction is by operating the Steenbras Hydroelectric Plant at full capacity during Eskom’s Stage 6.

Eskom on Tuesday rolled out Stage 6 loadshedding yet again between 16:00 and 22:00, meaning residents and consumers are without power for at least four hours at a time.

“We consider loadshedding above Stage 4 to be an acute socio-economic emergency that requires far-reaching, harm-preventing interventions,” Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis said.

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STAGE 6 PUTS CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE AT SERIOUS RISK

Stage 6 loadshedding leaves critical infrastructure such as electricity, water, sanitation and communications services at more serious risk than usual, Hill-Lewis said.

“These facilities and equipment are simply not designed to be switched off and on with such regularity, nor do they contain batteries that are able to provide power for upwards of 10 hours per day. Long periods of downtime also leave this infrastructure more vulnerable to theft and vandalism, putting severe strain on our law enforcement resources.”

Cape Town loadshedding
City of Cape Town Mayor met with City of Joburg officials to discuss shielding Stage 6 loadshedding. PHOTO: Twitter/@geordinhl

Some of the Cape Town’s water and sanitation infrastructure receives power directly from Eskom. This means they sometimes experience nine hours of outages under Stage 6, severely affecting operations, MMC for Water and Sanitation Zahid Badroodien said.

“Some of our infrastructure is under strain after this prolonged period of loadshedding. There are sporadic reports of problems with sewerage infrastructure. These problems are being urgently and capably addressed by City staff.”

Zahid Badroodien

CAPE TOWN HARD AT WORK TO REDUCE RELIANCE ON ESKOM

Hill-Lewis said his City was hard at work on the project to considerably reduce Cape Town’s reliance on Eskom-generated power.

“[We] are looking at every possible avenue to expediting this process, even though national legislation imposes strict and lengthy procedural requirements on municipal procurement,” the Mayor said.

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Meanwhile, Stage 4 loadshedding will be rolled out from 22:00 to midnight. It will again be reduced to Stage 2 until 05:00 on Thursday morning, Eskom said.

“Eskom continues to closely monitor the system and will implement any changes as may be necessary,” spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha said.