Thursday, 6 March 2014
LOAD SHEDDING in DURBAN 06 March 2014
06 March 2014 at 09:21 by ECR Newswatch -
Parts of South Africa are in the dark after emergency load shedding was implemented by Eskom early this morning.
The utility's had to limit power supply after seven days of heavy rain has left its coal stock in Mpumalanga wet.
Industrial customers have been asked to reduce their consumption by 10-percent, although the power giant fears this may not be enough.
Eskom's Andrew Etzinger says they hope the situation would have eased by nextweek.
"We hoping that from next week we will be back to normal, but normal in any event is tight as we have seen over the last couple of months. But certainly in terms of the load shedding implemented today, we would hope that this will come to an end, if not today then maybe tomorrow," he said.
eThekwini Electricity's Roy Wienand meanwhile has confirmed that for Durban, the standby schedule has already been implemented.
"We were told by Eskom quite early this morning that they needed to go into stage three, which is the highest level of load shedding, which for the city of Durban is well over a quarter of our total load.
"We immediately activated the schedule that's on our website. That's only about a quarter of what we need to load shed so at this stage we are having to juggle the schedule itself because it's not enough," he said.