Whoohoo! I'm currently having my first load shedding. Now I too feel like I am a part of the currently-power-disadvantaged group
Welcome to the club. The first one is fun after that your sense of humour also gets shedded. Wasn't Eskom going to finish the "unplanned" maintenance today.
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I do not understand this as we have been having it almost every day from 14:00 for at least 2 hrs. Today it was from about 11:30 until 14:15 A friend of mine who lives just 2kms away has never had it. How does the load shedding work?
There is a schedule of areas, which is classified into three classes, Brown 1, Brown 2, Brown 3. Once they hit peak demand they first go Brown 1, then 2, then 3. From Eskom's load shedding page,
I think they look at a couple of factors when choosing how to shed the load, with factors including, essential services in the area (hospitals, etc.), how much load they will recover, who is affected, and such likes.If load shedding is required, the Stage indicates the extent to which load shedding will occur. The stage is set daily and will change only under exceptional circumstances.
There are 3 Stages and the number of outages will increase with each stage.
If you look at the schedules pages, there is this note,
You can find more info about load shedding on Eskom's website.Should the shortfall between demand and supply be within a range of 1500 MW, Stage 1 of the manual load shedding process is triggered.
Stage 2 of the manual load shedding process caters for a capacity shortfall of up to 3000MW
Stage 3 caters for a capacity shortfall of up to 4500MW.
Welcome to the load-shedding club. Over the past three weeks, our area (grid) has had power cut off three days per week up to 4 hours per day. It usually happens between 8am -2pm in a residential area.
Soon we're going to have ministers telling us the reason for power cuts is because our economy is growing too fast. (or maybe they have said it). I think eishkom and the government are weaning the gullible and complacent public for longer and longer power cuts, until load-shedding becomes an everyday occurrence including Saturdays & Sundays.
Power cuts, interest rate hikes, oil prices on the increase, shortage of milk, bread prices increasing, and a host of other factors may soon push this country into a deep recession, which may last longer than a year.
Welcome to the club, Duncan. Although as I recall at the time of the "bolt in the machine" you folk got whacked when the rest of the country was doing kinda OK.
Maybe Cape Town has been less affected than other parts of the country up to now due to the carrying capacity of the link between the Western Cape and the rest of the country. I'm afraid whilst Koeberg is on planned maintenance that weak link that saved you up until now is about to bite back.
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