Full load shedding schedule could return to eThekwini in June

Full load shedding schedule could return to eThekwini in June

eThekwini's electricity unit says it has been discussing the status of Durban's loadshedding schedule with Eskom.

eThekwini Municipality has launched an investigation following claims that the City forked out R579m for a two-year contract to fix and maintain street lights across the metro.
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The metro was excluded from stages one to three of the power cuts when it suffered major infrastructure damage in the April floods.


Most of the city's power infrastructure was submerged in water, causing 50% of its load to be lost and causing network instability.


The municipality says it is aware of the speculation that Eskom will be reintroducing the full loadshedding schedule for Durban residents in June.

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It says it will be premature to make any pronouncements on the matter at this stage.


DA caucus leader in eThekwini Thabani Mthethwa says the city isn't ready to be included on the full schedule.


"Whenever there is load shedding the network struggles to keep up with the load when they have to switch back on.

"We are therefore urging eThekwini officials, including the city manager, to negotiate with Eskom so that they can keep this concession on until the network and infrastructure is ready to cope with the demands."

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