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Eskom denies power cut rumours

2011-05-25 15:44

Johannesburg - Power utility Eskom on Wednesday denied currency market rumours of power outages.

"Obviously the system is tight and it's been cold, but there has been no load-shedding," spokesperson Hilary Joffe said.

"Load-shedding" refers to rolling blackouts designed to prevent grid overload.

South Africa's national grid nearly collapsed in early 2008, forcing mines and smelters to shut for days and costing the country billions of rands in lost output.

Eskom has said the system would be tight for the next few years until the first of its new power plants comes on stream.

Comments
  • Wade Mackintosh - 2011-05-25 16:28

    LIERS LIERS LIERS - i had load shedding on saturday from 10:00 - 14:00

      Anaconda - 2011-05-25 17:47

      Load shedding is not applied to one household maybe you just forgot to top up your prepaid account

  • Ulysses - 2011-05-25 16:40

    City Power (Johannesburg) does not equal Eskom. There is a link to a load shedding schedule on the front page of the City Power website (check the Notice Board), but no dates are given for commencement. It is either an indication that load shedding is imminent in Johannesburg and surrounding areas, or the City Power website has not been updated in a number of years.

  • Tee Ehn - 2011-05-25 16:42

    I live in Midrand and lastnite we had power outage between 20h00 and 22h00.

  • Ulysses - 2011-05-25 16:43

    City Power (Johannesburg) does not equal Eskom. There is a link to a load shedding schedule on the front page of the City Power website (check the Notice Board), but no dates are given for commencement. It is either an indication that load shedding is imminent in Johannesburg and surrounding areas, or the City Power website has not been updated in a number of years.

  • Phofu - 2011-05-25 16:50

    City Power has released a schedule for possible load shedding should the Grid become compromised. I called them about it this morning, and they confirmed it is for city Power and Eskom, although they are not certain it will be implemented. Why draft a schedule already, if it is just in case? www.citypower.co.za/Copy%20of%20citypower_load_shedding.html

  • Boerseun - 2011-05-25 16:56

    I am sure this cold spell will show us the truth. Most of those who do not pay or have illegal connections will be draining the system and preventing those who do pay form getting the service that they deserve.

  • Vishnu Nagiah - 2011-05-25 17:08

    Check out this website: http://www.citypower.co.za/Copy%20of%20citypower_load_shedding.html No dates as yet but is has been confirmed that there will be load shedding.

  • jock van wyk - 2011-05-25 17:17

    get your candles,gas stoves,generators and torches ready as its coming

  • AJ - 2011-05-25 17:18

    we had electricity out twice yesterday in Benoni. 3 hours in the morning and 3.5 hours from 8h30 to midnight...Don't feed us this bull...or should we say, these are unscheduled random cuts. This way we couldn't even plan!

  • Wolfking - 2011-05-25 17:21

    Of course we believe anything that Eskom tells us, why would be doubt them.................

  • Delta Roger - 2011-05-25 17:22

    Eskom's spare capacity is inadequate for the cold months. Should we get a bolt left in a turbine, our problems will be compounded. LOAD SHEDDING WILL BE DONE

  • domdel - 2011-05-25 17:39

    They are lying, I received an sms today reading as follows: "Eskom Ref 49810836 planned outage on 01/06/2011 09:30 - 23:30". A power outage of 14 hours (are we on the same page)?

  • gorridon - 2011-05-25 20:24

    I am staying in Eerste River in the Western Cape,all the street lights is burning day and night.I have enquire from Eskom but I could not get a answer from them why they could not put off the lights.So I phoned the Burger and one of their reporters told me,that they also had received so much complanes from the public and reported it to Escom,and the answer they get,it is cheaper to let the lights stay on,then to put off the lights because of copper cable stealing.This is going on for the last two years now.We was told by Escom to save electricity,but they do not save electricity.So I have decided why must I save electricity when Escom do not.So my lights are burning right through the night so to hell with Escom.

  • Sparxi - 2011-05-26 08:51

    No load shedding? Really? 3 nights, 3 outages, whole neighbourhood down... So if it's not load shedding, what's happening? Grow a pair guys and just admit it, ok?

  • Sparxi - 2011-05-26 09:07

    No load shedding. Really? Rumours. Really? 3 nights, 3 outages, whole neighbourhood down... So if it's not load shedding, what's happening? Grow a pair guys and just admit it, ok? Why so coy?

  • PAR - 2011-05-26 10:44

    They just waited for elections to be over and now load shedding will begin. I get 6 to 10 three nights a week - great.

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