“The system is constrained and the risk of load shedding is high. We will update consumers at a later stage on when the load shedding might begin,” spokesman Khulu Phasiwe said.
Beeld reported that Eskom’s decision to shut down Unit 1 of the Koeberg power station on Sunday had cost the economy R7.5 billion rand, according to an energy specialist.
According to Beeld, Phasiwe had said workers erecting scaffolding on Sunday, to prepare for maintenance planned for the week, had accidentally touched the main generator transformer at Unit 1.
Load shedding prognosis medium to high this morning, with a higher probability of load shedding this evening due to a shortage of capacity.
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) February 10, 2015
This had caused a limited earth fault and the reactor had to be shut down immediately to prevent it burning out, Phasiwe reportedly said.
As a result Eskom had to start up its gas turbines, which run on diesel, to make up the 900 MW, Beeld reported.
The economy suffered a loss of about R7.5bn because Eskom had to implement Phase two of power cuts the following day on Monday morning, Beeld reported.
Phasiwe said on Tuesday he could not comment on the financial impact of shutting the unit down.
“That is what they say. From our side we are concerned with the technical aspect. We cannot comment about the cost [on the] economy.
“We as Eskom would not wilfully switch off our generators to cause any harm on the economy. When we switch them off it is because there are technical faults we can attend to and fix.”
The Citizen has compiled a list of load shedding schedules from across different municipalities. Due to the fragmented nature of the information available, not all schedules may be accurate or up to date. If your schedule does not appear here or is not up to date, let us know.
Should you be powered directly by Eskom visit the Eskom load shedding site to find out when you’ll be out. Type in your suburb/area in the search box to easily locate your area, i.e. Pimville or the Midvaal municipality.
Eskom has also collated a list for municipal customers which can be accessed here.
If you’re residing in Johannesburg and fall under City Power click here: City Power Schedule for the greater JHB (Updated)
For the Ekurhuleni area, click on one of the PDFs below or visit the City of Ekurhuleni site (Note: The schedules currently available for Ekurhuleni are those from 2013 – the municipality has assured The Citizen they are still valid for 2014).
For the City of Tshwane (Pretoria) load shedding schedule click here. (Updated)
For the City of Cape Town click here. (Updated)
For the Durban (Ethekwini Municipality) load shedding schedule click here: Ethekwini Municipality load shedding
For the Mangaung area’s schedule click here: Mangaung’s Load Shedding Schedule
For the Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth and surrounds) schedule click here: Nelson Mandela Bay – load shedding schedule
For Mbombela schedule click here. (Updated)
For Mogale City schedule click here. (Latest available)
For Knysna schedule click here. (Updated)
For Polokwane schedule click here.
For eMalahleni schedule click here.
For Umhlathuze schedule click here: Umlathuze schedule
For the Buffalo City schedule click here: Buffalo City Schedule (Updated)
For the Middleburg (Steve Tshwete) schedule click here: Steve Tshwete (Middleburg) Schedule (Updated)
For the Emfuleni schedule click here: Emfuleni Load Shedding Schedule
Msunduzi (Pietermartizburg) – Msunduzi/PMB Load_Shedding