Durban to suffer more load-shedding distress

Mary Papayya

Mary Papayya

Durban residents must brace themselves for another round of load-shedding in the next few days.

eThekwini municipality said yesterday this was because of Eskom's announcement that one Koeberg unit had been switched off as pressure on the network increased.

"This has forced eThekwini Electricity to take the unfortunate decision to put all its citizens on alert for load-shedding," said Sandile Maphumulo, head of eThekwini Electricity.

Eskom warned that with the national barometer regularly sitting on orange, consumers were likely to experience load-shedding during this period.

"These are unfortunate circumstances and we urge all consumers to go the extra mile towards saving the 10 percent required to ensure we don't experience load-shedding," Maphumulo said.

He said the municipality had developed a new schedule that would come into effect in the event of load-shedding.

The new schedule, which affects mainly residential areas, will now include some commercial areas such as Durban Central but will exclude national key points such as airports and ports.

This means that residential areas will go off as well as some industrial areas that feed off residential circuits.

He said precautions had been taken not to include predominantly industrial areas or any installation where load-shedding could affect the safety of residents.

"Sewage systems or similar facilities are excluded because of the negative regional effect this would have," Maphumulo said.