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    Load shedding set to resume today?

    I heard a rumour that load shedding is going to start again today. Anyone else got any news on this?
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    Yes. It was mentioned on TV this morning, so it MUST BE TRUE.
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    Simon Gear commented yesterday on 702 that they are trying to continue the agreement with the biggest users to cut their usage with 10%. It seems like they wish to keep this up for as long as possible hoping that the residential and other consumers will come to the party with 10% savings as well.

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    Alec Irwin reported that the big industry players feel they are being discriminated against, and were calling for a fairer dispensation.

    At this point I think they're hammering the big companies because in the short term it affects less voters - until the retrenchments start kicking in. I see Goldfields is using the power crunch as motivation to close three shafts.
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    I think you are right about the "voters" being effected.

    I also think they believe that they are closer to solving the crisis than originally anticipated, so they are hoping that the big players will play the game with them, preventing further loss in confidence in the government.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave A View Post
    At this point I think they're hammering the big companies because in the short term it affects less voters - until the retrenchments start kicking in. I see Goldfields is using the power crunch as motivation to close three shafts.
    I was wondering about this this morning - do you think that it is a possibility that they don't have any system in place to regulate general usage? I'm quite pro a rationing, or sliding scale system as it incentivises lower consumption, I just don't understand why they haven't done it yet (any laws that need changing first?)
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    Concept is one thing - implimentation is another

    Overall consumption rationing could be achieved quite easily on a penalty system, I'd think. However the problem is when we use the power, and for that we need different metering equipment installed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave A View Post
    Overall consumption rationing could be achieved quite easily on a penalty system, I'd think. However the problem is when we use the power, and for that we need different metering equipment installed.
    To me it would be possible to deal with that indirectly through a penalty system (sliding scale). I think (maybe, not 100% sure) that it would result in generally less electricity being consumed, which would indirectly result in a lower base load.
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    Agreed - but it would be a reversal of Eskom's current pricing structure (where the more you use, the lower the rate) and perhaps more fuel for the inflation fire.
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    The worst thing about this is that no matter how you fiddle the numbers someone has to pay, and it will probably be the low level workers. NUMSA has already made all sorts of threats, but what happens when there is no money to put on the table? We'll have to wait and see.

    It is really unfortunate that domestic users have not come to the party. All that happens is that everyone suffers. All it required was (is) a small amount of proactive force.
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