What is load shedding?

What is load shedding?

Picture Source: www.krugersdorpnews.co.za
Picture Source: Krugersdorp News

Load-shedding is:

  • When there is not enough electricity available to meet the demand from all Eskom customers, it could be necessary to interrupt supply to certain areas. This is called load shedding. It is different from a power outage that could occur for several other reasons.
  • It is a last resort to balance electricity supply and demand. We will only apply load-shedding when all other options have been exhausted.
  • It is an effective way to avoid total collapse of the electricity supply grid (a national black-out) which will have disastrous outcomes for South Africa. If unbalances on the power is not managed this could lead to the risk of collapse of the entire power network. If this occurs, it could take more than a week to restore power to the entire country. By rotating and shedding the load in a planned and controlled manner, the system remains stable.
  • Before load-shedding is applied, Eskom makes use of:
    • Gas and hydro options
    • Contracted and voluntary options with certain large customers to reduce their demand.
    • If all these measures have been exhausted and demand still cannot be met, Eskom will proceed with load-shedding.

Load shedding is a process whereby:

  • Eskom’s National Control Centre instructs its Distribution Regional Control Centres, 126 Municipalities and Eskom’s key Industrial Customers on the Megawatts to be shed.
  • Eskom (Regional Distributor) and Municipalities execute these instructions by switching off individual areas for predetermined times as per published schedules
  • The duration of load-shedding will depend on the specific Eskom region or on the Municipality; based on local circumstances.

Load-shedding will only be done as a last resort, as:

  • Eskom must continue with the planned maintenance of our Generation plant during this winter. This will enable a sustainable Generation plant going forward.
  • This means that the national power system will be particularly strained during the evening peak between 5pm and 9pm in winter, and during any time of the day in the summer months
  • Eskom has published the load-shedding schedules to enable our customers to be better prepared in the event of load shedding. Customers are requested to review the schedules and report any inconsistencies or concerns to our Contact Centre on 0860037566/08600ESKOM or via an e-mail by going to the contact us tab on http://loadshedding.eskom.co.za

Please help us beat the peak by following 4 actions for 4 hours:

  1. Switching off your geysers, electric heaters and pool pumps from 5pm to 9pm every day
  2. Switching off unnecessary appliances and lighting
  3. Look at alternative heating solutions
  4. Responding to the Power Alerts and Power Bulletin updates

This information is for “information purposes” only. Whilst reasonable steps are taken to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the information, please be aware that due to the dynamic nature of our business, this information may change from time to time. In the premise, Eskom makes no representations or provides no warranties regarding the accuracy or the suitability of the contents published or that it is free from errors or omissions. Should you choose to use this information for any other purposes than its intended purpose, Eskom accepts no liability whatsoever, in respect of any claim, damages, loss or expenses, whether direct or indirect, including consequential loss or loss of profit, which may arise from such usage



Municipality Watchdog petition against Load Shedding

Please sign this petition and stand together against #Loadshedding in South Africa, residents and businesses don’t need SignThePetition#loadshedding and Eskom must get their act straight.

The Municipality Watchdog will forward the petition to the following people as listed below. Enough is Enough, Genoeg is Genoeg, Panzi #Loadshedding Pazi.
Let’s stand together and unite against #Loadshedding.

CEO Eskom: Tshediso Matona
Minister Trade and Industry: Hon. Rob Davies
President, Republic of South Africa: Hon.Jacob Zuma

Sing the petition: Municipality Watchdog – #Noloadsheding – South Africans unite


Teken asseblief hierdie petisie en staan saam teen #Beurtkrag in Suid-Afrika , inwoners en besighede het genoeg gehad van #Beurt krag en Suid Afrika het dit nie nodig nie, Eskom moet hul daad reguit kry .

Die Munisipale Waghond sal die petisie aan die volgende persone stuur, soos hieronder. Genoeg is genoeg, Enough is Enough, Panzi Loadsheding Pazi .
Kom ons staan saam en verenig teen #Beurtkrag

Uitvoerende hoof van Eskom : Tshediso Matona
Minister Handel en Nywerheid : Hon . Rob Davies
President , Republiek van Suid-Afrika : Hon.Jacob Zuma

Teken die petisie: Municipality Watchdog – #Noloadsheding – South Africans unite

Find your load shedding schedules here

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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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Media Statement: Load shedding causing havoc nationwide

Municipality Watchdog request municipalities to inform its residents and consumers of Load Sheddingplanned or unplanned load shedding on their official websites and social media platforms; this comes after most of the country was left without electricity after 9am this morning as Eskom announced an emergency within its power grid.

We would also request municipalities to make their load shedding schedules available to us; this schedules will published on our social media platforms and available to the public. Alternatively visit http://loadshedding.eskom.co.za/ or contact Eskom on 086 003 7566 for more information on its load shedding schedule.  Municipal customers need to contact their own municipalities for the correct schedules.

Eskom calls on consumers to urgently switch off geysers, pool pumps and all non essential appliances throughout the day to further reduce the impact of rotational load shedding.

Customers are cautioned to treat all electrical connections as live during this period.

We anticipate that we will be load shedding until 22:00 tonight. However, should we receive the necessary savings from all our customers and the situation improves, we will terminate load shedding earlier, Eskom said.

Eskom had declared an emergency at 06:00 this morning and asked key industrial customers to reduce load by 10%.

For more information don’t hesitate to contact the Municipality Watchdog.

Details: Contact André Pieterse on 082 640 1051, email mailto:info@municipality-watchdog.co.zaor visit www.municipality-watchdog.co.za

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