City Power will replace 4-hour power outages with 2-hour load-shedding cycles as it takes charge of load-shedding operations in most Johannesburg areas previously managed by Eskom.
TimesLIVE reports that Eskom will hand over load-shedding operations to City Power beginning November 6.
New schedules for the enforced power cuts will be released shortly. Even during stage 5 and higher, areas managed by City Power will adhere to a two-hour schedule.
The city of Gauteng has been experiencing prolonged four-hour power outages, and this practice has drawn criticism due to its detrimental impact on local businesses.
Eskom emphasised, “The two entities are both committed to ensuring that the security of supply is not compromised, and the obligations as outlined in NRS 048-9:2019 are followed and complied with as per distribution licensing conditions to protect the integrity and stability of the national grid even with the effected changes.”
Eskom specified that due to the network configuration and technical complexities, City Power will continue to experience load-shedding by Eskom in select areas, which include Tshepisong, Lufhereng (Roodepoort), Hoogland, Maroeladal, Morningside, Riverclub, Dainfern, Bloubosrand, Waterford Estate, Riverbend, Kyasands, Bellairspark (Randburg), Halfway House, Halfway Gardens, Vorna Valley, Willowway (Midrand), and Marlboro Transit Camp (Alexandra).
Eskom and City Power will continue to explore technical solutions for City Power to take over load-shedding operations for its remaining customers. Eskom stated, “City Power has its processes, systems, and technical capacity in place to take over the added load-shedding operations as part of the new schedule.”
Both entities confirmed that the revised blocks and schedules will be available on their websites for City Power and Eskom customers on November 6.
They also assured that they will maintain partnerships and collaborations with communities and stakeholders to ensure the continued delivery of electricity to all customers, recognising electricity as an essential service.
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