Load shedding for the WEEKEND: Here’s the UPDATED schedule Photo: File.
Eskom said Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented at 05:00 on Tuesday and will remain in place until Friday.
STAGE 4 LOAD SHEDDING IS PLANNED FOR THE ENTIRE WEEKEND
The power utility said on Sunday that sufficient progress had been made in recovering the emergency generation reserves, and it is anticipated that the dam levels at the pumped storage schemes will be fully replenished by Monday morning.
“Overnight, a generation unit each at Arnot and Majubapower stations returned to service. Eleven generation units are anticipated to return to service over the next 24 hours, helping to ease the capacity constraints. This includes approximately 1 300 MW of capacity form the Gydro de Cahorra Bassa in Mozambique.
“A generation unit at each Tukuka Power Station and at Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme was forced offline for emergency repairs overnight.”
Eskom published it’s power outlook for the year ahead.
For 49 of the next 52 weeks, the ‘likely risk scenario’ for load shedding is rated high. The only predicted respite comes for two weeks at Christmas, and during one week in September 2023. For the foreseeable future, Eskom is indeed operating ‘at Code Red’.
We’ve got some easy-to-implement tips from Budget Insurance to get you ready for life with load shedding:
Keep your property well-lit to help deter potential criminal activities when the power goes off with a few high-wattage solar-powered lights for your garden – and a few LED lights for the inside.
Check the load shedding schedule and make sure to charge your phone before the power goes off, or invest in a portable phone charger so that you can call for help if necessary.
If you need to manually open and close your gates when you get home in the evenings, arrange for an escort from your security company to meet you at the house.
Alarm systems, garage doors and electric gates generally rely on electricity, so make sure that these items all have good backup batteries. It is also wise to add some extra burglar bars or padlocks to potentially vulnerable areas in and around your home, should any of your backup batteries not make it through load shedding.
Keep a torch or a solar, battery-powered light that is charged beforehand in multiple, easily accessible locations around your home. Be sure to also have plenty of spare batteries.
Your fridge and freezer supplies should be okay without power overnight if you do not open and close them repeatedly. If you’re worried about certain food items, prepare an ice box for these.
Make sure that all appliances – especially those that pose a fire risk if left unattended – are switched off when load shedding starts and gradually turned back on once power returns. This not only minimises the pressure on the grid when the power is turned back on but also minimises the risk of damage to appliances due to power surges or a fire risk causing a power outage to turn into a catastrophe.