eThekwini Municipality load shedding

Load shedding will be implemented in eThekwini from 1 August 2022. Photo: Pixabay

eThekwini Municipality to implement load shedding from 1 August

Residents in the eThekwini Municipality will now have their share of frustrations from load shedding when it is implemented from 1 August.

eThekwini Municipality load shedding

Load shedding will be implemented in eThekwini from 1 August 2022. Photo: Pixabay

The eThekwini Municipality has confirmed that it will re-introduce load shedding from the 1st of August. 

Following the torrential rains that destroyed electricity and water infrastructure amongst other things in April, residents in the eThekwini Municipality were said to be exempt from rolling black outs despite other areas still experiencing continued power outages.

LOAD SHEDDING IS BACK IN ETHEKWINI

The Municipality said as the country scrambles to avert a total black out, it has become necessary that eThekwini starts contributing to load shedding, hence the re-introduction of load shedding. 

EThekwini and Eskom are reportedly in continuous engagements to avert any further risks on the City’s electrical grid following extensive flood damage to electrical infrastructure. 

eThekwini Municipality load shedding
Contract workers from the eThekwini Municipaltity begin reconstruction work at the township of Umlazi after damage from flooding from days of heavy rains in Durban, on April 23, 2022. – Over 400 people have been killed in floods and mudslides across South Africa’s port city of Durban following heavy rains in the last week. (Photo by Rajesh JANTILAL / AFP)

As some substations are still out of commission and many parts of the network require re-configuration, the existing load shedding schedules had to be amended.

The eThekwini Municipality has prepared a temporary schedule that will be effective for stages 4 and higher. The schedule will be in use until further notice. Certain areas will be excluded from load shedding because of highly compromised networks, reportedly. 

“Customers are urged to reduce their load especially during peak times. All high consumption appliances such as geysers, stoves, heaters must be switched off during power outages to prevent overload tripping when the power does return.”

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ELECTRICAL LOAD SINCE APRIL FLOODS

Earlier in July, Eskom and eThekwini said studies indicate that in the aftermath of the disaster, the municipality lost 50% (between 700MW and 800MW) of electrical load on their electrical infrastructure. To date, a significant portion of this load has not been restored and will continue to be off the grid until extensive repairs are carried out. 

“Importantly, there is agreement that the integrity of the electrical infrastructure was severely compromised that if parts of the infrastructure and loads were to trip either through a manual intervention (load shedding) or an electrical fault, it is possible and likely that the Municipality grid could be even more damaged, thus further lengthening the duration of the outage.”

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