When Eskom experiences a generation capacity shortfall on the National Power grid, Load Shedding is immediately required in order to maintain national Network stability. During such an event, all Power Utilities are required to contribute to the national shortfall by reducing load in accordance with the National Load Shedding Plan.
In other words: Load-shedding and rolling blackouts can be introduced at any time with little or no notice.
During Stage 1 loadshedding Sol Plaatje Municipality ONLY shed geysers.
Schedules for Stage 2, 3 and 4 loadshedding below.
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Load shedding is not limited to the actual suburbs in this table. All neighbourhoods serviced by the particular substation can be affected.
The electricity grid does not conform 100% with the normal neighbourhood boundaries. Areas close to the edge of a neighbourhood may fall under a different grid area.
NOTE: This table contains the planned schedule for load shedding. Actually load shedding times may vary in accordance with the power grid status and operational factors at Sol Plaatje Municipality.
On Stage 3 loadshedding two-hour-long rolling blackouts are introduced according to the Stage 3 Schedule and ALL Geysers are switched off remotely on stage 3.
On stage 4 loadshedding two and a half-hour long rolling blackouts are introduced according to the Stage 4 Schedule and ALL Geysers are switched off remotely on stage 4.