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New load shedding schedule for eThekwini effective 25 May

Date: 2023-05-19 13:08:37

New load shedding schedule for eThekwini effective 25 May

ETHEKWINI Municipality can confirm that following discussions with Eskom, the City’s load shedding schedule is being revised and a new schedule will be effective from 25 May. EThekwini has been on a reduced level of load shedding since the April 2022 floods owing to the negative impact of the floods on the City’s electrical network. While the City’s infrastructure is not yet repaired to pre-flood levels, the City acknowledges the country’s need to reduce the load to protect the national grid. 

It has therefore become unavoidable for eThekwini to revert to normal load shedding stages as experienced by
the rest of the country. Some areas continue to battle with the damage from the floods and as a result, there are certain substations that cannot be switched off as that would pose a significant risk to residents and infrastructure.

The City is finalising the amended load shedding schedule and this will be shared with the public as soon as it is ready. Suburban block allocations have been amended to accommodate required changes. Customers are urged to check their suburbs against their new block numbers when the schedule is published. 

Areas with a large industrial component have been allocated to Blocks 17 to 20 and will be shut off from Stage 7 upwards for a duration of four hours at a time. This is expected to limit the impact of loadshedding on production.
Customers are urged to minimise their electricity usage. Customers are also urged to switch off high load appliances during power outages to prevent high waiting loads when the power does return. This will prevent extended