Serious loadshedding on the way?

The City has suspended loadsheddding until further notice, but some experts have predicted unstable power supply for at least the next week to large parts of SA, Cape Town included.

To blame is a crack in a coal storage silo at Majuba power station in Mpumalanga, which may or may not be the result of dogdy maintenance, depending on whether you believe Eskom or the DA.

Majuba power station

Majuba power station

Eskom’s spokesperson Andrew Etzinger called it  “catastrophic”, and electricity expert Chris Yelling tweeted  on Sunday, “You can expect rolling Eskom blackouts … taking us back to the levels of 2008.”

It is not clear yet at at what stage the sheddings will be (today we had them on a Sunday and Sundays are generally only affected at stage 3), but here is what to expect should they continue.

In the case of Stage 1 we’ll be powerless on …
Tuesday: 10:00 to 12:30
Thursday: 16:00-18.30
Saturday: 06:00 – 8:30

Stage 2
Monday: 10:00-12:20
Tuesday: 10:00-12:30
Wed: 16:00-18:30
Thu: 16:00-18:30
Fri: 06:00-8:30
Sat: 06:30-8:30

Stage 3
Mon: 04:00-6.30, 10:00-12:30, 16:00-18:30
Tue: 04:00-6.30, 04:00-06.30, 16:00-18:30
Wed: 02:00-04.30, 06:00-8:30, 16:00-18:30
Thu: 02:00-04.30, 06:00-8:30, 16:00-18:30
Fri: 02:00-04.30, 06:00-8:30, 10:00-12:30
Sa: 06:30-8:30, 10:00-12:30, 22:00-24.30
Sun: 04:00-6.30, 10:00-12:30, 16:00-18:30

For the full schedule, go to the City’s loadshedding page.

SOURCES: finweek.com, eskom.co.za, moneyweb.co.za

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