Despite an ongoing court battle between Eskom and the Newcastle Municipality, it seems Newcastle will be feeling the brunt of load shedding after all.
As of 11am today, December 9, all geysers in areas where electricity is supplied by Newcastle Municipality will be turned off until 11pm this evening.
With Newcastillians finding themselves without hot water, the woes do not end there.
Head of Communications at Newcastle Municipality, Dr Dumisani Thabethe says residents are advised; that the full loadshedding schedule will be made available by next week.
“Please note, that the loadshedding has nothing to do with the matter between Newcastle Municipality and Eskom. Instead, it is about the challenges that Eskom is facing as an organization,” Dr Thabethe emphasises.
This follows a statement issued by Eskom, where the power utility explains it has lost additional generation units this morning, increasing unplanned breakdowns (UCLF) to 14 200MW.
Along with a higher demand of about 600MW, Eskom explains this necessitates loadshedding to move up from Stage 2 to Stage 4.
Furthermore, Eskom claims with the incessant rains, the power utility is also beginning to experience flooding at some of its power stations. This has led to load losses and has impacted supply as the rainy weather persists.
In its statement, Eskom wishes to remind customers that loadshedding at Stage 4 is no cause for alarm. This is because the system is being effectively controlled. Loadshedding is a responsible act and highly controlled process; implemented to protect the country form a national blackout.
During Stage 4, 4000MW is rotationally loadshedding nationally at a given period. Even during this stage, approximately 80% of the country’s demand is still being met.
Eskom is currently requesting customers to reduce demand; as a concerted collective effort can help to avoid or lessen the level of loadshedding.
Apologizing for the inconvenience, Eskom assures its customers that the organization will keep South Africans informed about the status of the electricity system and our recovery efforts throughout this period.