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South African’s dust off lanterns as Eskom implements load shedding

On Thursday afternoon, the City of Cape Town issued a notice that Phase 1 load shedding would be implemented with immediate effect. 

In a public statement, Eskom confirmed that its generation and distribution of electricity across the network was constrained due to the acts of sabotage and intimidation that characterised the industrial action by members of the trade unions yesterday.

Eskom commenced with Stage 1 load shedding at 17:41 today (14 June 2018).

“There have been several incidents of road blockades, attacks on staff, and wilful damage of electricity infrastructure. As a result, all road coal deliveries have been stopped for security reasons. The safety of all our employees is of paramount importance to us during this time.
“Coal deliveries by rail deliveries and conveyor belts still continue to operate, albeit at limited capacity,” the parastatal explained.
The power stations that were worst-affected by the industrial action are Hendrina, Camden, Kendal, and Arnot.
Power was restored to all effected areas around 20:00 in the evening.

Find your load shedding schedule on this Eskom website http://loadshedding.eskom.co.za/

Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.


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