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Let’s Talk Lucidity: Part 1

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This is part 1 of a 3 part report hoping to stimulate debate aimed at creating lucidity regarding load shedding. This week we will be looking at the nature of load shedding. Part 2 will focus on the history of the phenomena and part 3 the various economical and social factors which have baring on it.

There simply is no way around it, load shedding sucks… always. Just after kickoff, sucks. During a braai, sucks. Whilst at the mall, sucks (I think you get it by now). The economically draining, social straining phenomenon that is load shedding has become a (albeit infuriating) part of South African life. Like all thinks that annoy us (shady MP dealings, dodgy referee caklls, trivial renaming of streets and so on) load shedding has also become a central topic of debate, from formal media to informal banter with the guys at the bar, Klippies in hand no doubt.

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Find your load shedding schedules here

Picture: theconversation.com
Picture: theconversation.com

Want to know when your suburb will experience load shedding. Find out more with the  following load shedding schedules. load shedding in different suburbs across the country. Municipalities were informed of the need to reduce electricity and they would decide in which suburbs to cut power. Should you be powered directly by Eskom visit the Eskom load shedding site to find out when you’ll be out. Type in your suburb/area in the search box to easily locate your area, i.e. Pimville or the Midvaal municipality. Please note that the schedules available from this page, are not maintained by the Municipality Watchdog , but by the relevant Metro or Local Municipality. It is merely a convenient access point for municipal customers. The schedules are only for those Metros  or Local Municipalities that have made them available to the Municipality Watchdog.  – click on one of the PDFs below or visit the City of Ekurhuleni site (Note: The schedules currently available for Ekurhuleni are those from 2013 – the municipality has assured Municipality Watchdog  they are still valid for 2014).

For the City of Tshwane (Pretoria) load shedding schedule click here For the City of  eThekwini  (Durban) load shedding schedule click here – eThekwini  (Durban)  load shedding schedule 2 For the City of Cape Town load shedding schedule click here or City of Cape Town – Stage 3 load shedding  For the City of Cape Town load shedding schedule click here (New) For Kwadukuza (Stanger)load shedding schedule click here For  Buffalo City Metro load shedding schedule click here    – Buffalo City Metro load shedding schedule 2 For the City of City of Johannesburg  (City Power) load shedding schedule click here or visit the Eskom load shedding site For  Mangaung load shedding schedule click here Mangaung (Centlec) – Load Shedding groups                                    –  Load Shedding time slots For  Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth and surrounds) load shedding schedule click here For  Polokwane load shedding schedule click here For  Umhlathuze load shedding schedule click here For  Middleburg (Steve Tshwete)load shedding schedule click here For  Emfuleni load shedding schedule click here For  Msunduzi (Pietermartizburg) load shedding schedule click here For  Mogale City  Local Municipality (Krugersdorp)  load shedding schedule click here For  Randfontein  Local Municipality load shedding schedule click here For  Westonaria  Local Municipality load shedding schedule click here For  Lesedi Local Municipality load shedding schedule click here For   Drakenstein Municipality load shedding schedule click here – the municipality is also updating it’s notices on it’s website For Hessequea Local Municipality, Mossel Bay Local Municipality , Knysna Local Municipality , Drakenstein Local Municipality,  George Local Municipality, Breede River Local Municipality , Stellenbosch Local Municipality,  Worcester Local Municipality, Overstrand Local Municipality ,Bitou Local Municipality, Langeberg Local Municipality, West Coast District Municipality load shedding schedule click here – This schedule is for Stage 1,2 and 3. Load shedding schedule 2 (Printable Format – Areas) click here  For  Saldanhan Bay Municipality (Hopefield – Jacobsbaai – Langebaan – Paternoster – Saldanha – St Helena Bay – Vredenburg) load shedding schedule click here For Kimberley – Sol Plaatje Municipality load shedding schedule click here For Mbombela load shedding schedule click here For eMalahleni Municipality | Witbank load shedding schedule click here For City of Polokwane (Potchefstroom & Jouberton)load shedding schedule click here Stage 1 schedules (not yet available)   Stage 2 schedules   Stage 3 schedules For Rustenburg Local Municipality load shedding schedule click here Memorandum from the office of Head: Electrical Engineering Services For City of Umhlathuza (Richards Bay) load shedding schedule click here For Stellenbosch Local Municipality  load shedding schedule click here For Ficksburg/Meqheleng – Clocolan/Hlohlolwane – Marquard/Moemaneng load shedding schedule click here For Midvaal Local Municipality  load shedding schedule click here For Langeberg Local Municipality load shedding schedule click here For City of Matlosana load shedding schedule click here For Tlokwe Local Municipality (Potchefstroom & Jouberton)load shedding schedule click here For Mossel Bay Local Municipality load shedding schedule  click here For Parys, Tumahole, Hoopstad, Tikwana, Sasolburg, Bothaville, Kgotsong, Vredefort load shedding schedule  click here For Knysna Local Municipality load shedding schedule click here For George Local Municipality load shedding schedule click here For George Local Municipality (Haarlem & Uniondale) load shedding schedule click here For Hessequa Local Municipality load shedding schedule click here For Bitou Local Municipality Load shedding schedule click here Bitou Local Municipality Rotations  For Umjindi Local Municipality (Barberton) load shedding schedule click here For Moqhaka Local Municipality (Kroonstad) load shedding schedule click here Eskom Western Cape Load shedding schedule Power System Status Update – 8 December 2014 We will soon publish Load shedding schedule as we received them from the different municipalities.

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Municipality Watchdog request premier to intervene into looming Madibeng Water Crisis:-

The Municipality Watchdog would ask the Premier of Gauteng Mr. David Makhura and Ms. Nomvula Mokonyane  Minister of Water and Sanitation to intervene into the looming Madibeng water crisis.

This comes after Rand Water wanted to disconnect the water supply to Hartbeespoort due to the Madibeng Municipality failing to pay arrears of about R1.4million.
This follow on the heels of a power crisis last week when the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality disconnected the power supply due to Madibeng’s R40 million debts towards it.
We also saw a spade of service delivery protests were 4 people lots their lives earlier this year and a councillor manipulated water supply in Mothutlung.
The Municipality Watchdog is merely the voice of the people negatively affected by the non-supply and at this stage, actually in total darkness as to when the problem would be solved. Residents approached Municipality Watchdog with a request to organize the withholding of payments to the Madibeng Municipality, an approach not yet supported by us, but seen as a method to send a clear-cut message to the administration and Council that their loyalty (and finances) must not be taken for granted.
The Total ignorance to date by the Madibeng Municipality, this can only is interpreted as a total disrespect for the plight of residents who do not have water to flush their toilets, prepare food etc. Having the added advantage of being a mother, you will understand that small children and even baby’s suffer the most in such instances and it is the woman who are most upset by non-supply, given their added responsibilities to manage the food and children above their work related duties. Basic Water is a necessity and everybody’s human right as set out in Section 27 in the constitution of the Republic of South Africa: the rights to food, water, health care and social assistance, which the state must progressively realise within the limits of its resources. What happened to the (Batho Pele – caring, empathy, respect, recognition, value, reward, compassion and consultation) principals, that was adopted by Local and Provincial Government.
• Details: Contact André Pieterse on 082 640 1051, email info@municipality-watchdog.co.za or visit http://www.municipality-watchdog.co.za you can follow the Municipality Watchdog on Twitter and Facebook.

Municipality Watchdog request premier to intervene into Bloemhof Water Crisis:-

We will request the North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo to get it contact with the

A resident fills his bucket with water after the water supply was restored in Boitumelong township in Bloemhof, North West. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)
A resident fills his bucket with water after the water supply was restored in Boitumelong township in Bloemhof, North West. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Lekwa-Teemane Municipality (Bloemhof, Boitumelong, Christiana and Utlwanang) to resolve this issue as matter of urgency. This comes after three children in the area, aged less than two years old, have died from diarrhoea, complicated by dehydration. 500 cases of diarrhoea have been recorded at health care facilities in Bloemhof. .

The Municipality Watchdog also welcomes the resignation of the Municipal Manager and the steps taken against the Mayor of the Lekwa-Teemane Municipality, we want to see a new administration to be appointed as soon as possible. The water quality must also be tested by an in depended laboratory as it is unsuitable for human and animal consumption. We also want to see all the people in the province received clean and quality water.

The Municipality Watchdog is merely the voice of the people negatively affected by the non-supply and at this stage, actually in total darkness as to when the problem would be solved. Residents approached Municipality Watchdog with a request to organize the withholding of payments to the Lekwa-Teemane Municipality, an approach not yet supported by us, but seen as a method to send a clear-cut message to the administration and Council that their loyalty (and finances) must not be taken for granted.

The Total ignorance to date by the Lekwa-Teemane Municipality, this can only is interpreted as a total disrespect for the plight of residents who do not have water to flush their toilets, prepare food etc. Having the added advantage of being a mother, you will understand that small children and even baby’s suffer the most in such instances and it is the woman who are most upset by non-supply, given their added responsibilities to manage the food and children above their work related duties. Basic Water is a necessity and everybody’s   human right as set out in Section 27 in the constitution of the Republic of South Africa: the rights to foodwaterhealth care and social assistance, which the state must progressively realise within the limits of its resources. What happened to the (Batho Pele – caring, empathy, respect, recognition, value, reward, compassion and consultation) principals, that was adopted by Local and Provincial Government.

• Details: Contact André Pieterse on 082 640 1051, email info@municipality-watchdog.co.za or visit www.municipality-watchdog.co.za you can follow the Municipality Watchdog on Twitter and Facebook.