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By unknown | Dec 11, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Megawatt Park was without MegaWatts yesterday when Eskom load-shedded itself.

Megawatt Park was without MegaWatts yesterday when Eskom load-shedded itself.

The power company could not even access its own website to check which areas were without electricity - the server was down, said an official who asked not to be named.

The Eskom head office in Sunninghill, Johannesburg, was without power from 10am until at least 12.30pm.

However, it had already switched off the pumps to its water features on Friday, when it became apparent that the power supply was tight.

Staff had to resort to actually climbing escalators when they were switched off along with the geysers and the airconditioning systems last week.

When it became apparent that load-shedding might be in the offing, each Eskom facility throughout the country had a designated official tasked with ensuring that it was energy efficient.

"Naturally, all Eskom facilities have to be energy-efficient," the unnamed spokesperson said.

There were rolling blackouts across the country yesterday when Eskom tried to shed between 1000 and 1500MW.

A shortage of diesel was affecting the back-up gas turbines used to generate power in Western Cape, said Eskom's general manager of demand-side management, Andrew Etzinger.

A load-shedding schedule was available on Sapa


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