Eskom has announced Stage 1 loadshedding from midday to 10pm today, as a result of a plant being out for planned maintenance and unplanned outages.
Loadshedding schedules are available on the Eskom website (http://loadshedding.eskom.co.za). Eskom customers can also contact the Customer Contact Centre at 0860 037 566.
“Stage 1 rotational loadshedding requires 1000MW to be loadshed nation-wide. Loadshedding is conducted as a measure of last resort to protect the power system from a total collapse or blackout,” Eskom’s media desk said in a statement. “We encourage residents and businesses to please use electricity sparingly to ease the demand of electricity. Please switch off geysers as well as all non-essential lighting and electricity appliances to assist in reducing demand.”
Makhanda (Grahamstown) Grahamstown has two loadshedding areas – 1 and 2.
Grahamstown 1 – Rhodes, Military Base, Golf Course, Slaaikraal, Strowen Farm, Strowan Mine, Industrial Area, Prison, Tick Research, Mountain Drive, Brackendale farm, Salem Crossroads, Thomas Baines, Howieson’s Poort & Settlers Pump Station, Cradock Heights, Somerset Heights, Ghost Town, Hooggenoeg, Vergenoeg, Scott’s Farm, Kingswood, Hill 60, West Hill, Orsmond Area, Upper High, New and African streets.
Grahamstown 2 – Stones Hill, Belmont Area, Sunnyside, Fort England Area, CBD Area, Oatlands North, Oatlands South, Settlers Hospital, St Andrew’s College, Fort England Hospital, VG High and Primary School, PJ Olivier School, Bottom of High, New and African streets.
According to the Eskom website, Grahamstown 1 may experience loadshedding today 7pm to 10pm. Grahamstown 2 was scheduled for loadshedding 3am to 5.30am today and Friday 30 November 11am to 1.30pm.