South Africa 3.11.2014 05:00 am

JMPD calls for patience from motorists during power cuts

Picture: Thinkstock

Picture: Thinkstock

Johannesburg Metro Police has called on motorists to be cautious and patient on the roads as some traffic lights might be out of use due to load shedding this week.

JMPD spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said officers would be deployed to direct traffic at major intersections. He urged motorists to regard the intersections with dysfunctional traffic lights – but with no officers – as stop signs.

“The situation will be difficult on our roads if load shedding continues on Monday. But our officers will be deployed and we expect full cooperation from the motorists,” said Minnaar.

The load shedding, which started on Sunday morning across the country, caused no disruptions on the roads yesterday Minnaar said.

Eskom said the power system was projected to be severely constrained for the rest of the week due to the loss of 1 800 MW in capacity at the Majuba power station in Mpumalanga.

It said a central coal storage silo, which houses over 10 000 tons of coal, cracked and collapsed, impacting on coal supplies to all six units at the power station. This resulting in the power station operating at a reduced capacity.


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