Cape town load shedding schedule for Sunday.

Eskom Downgrades Load Shedding to Stage 5

Eskom, the South African electricity public utility, has announced a reduction in load shedding from Stage 6 to Stage 5. This decision is attributed to improved generation capacity and the availability of emergency reserves.

Revised Load Shedding Schedule

Eskom has provided an updated load shedding schedule, indicating that Stage 5 load shedding will be in effect from 05:00 to 16:00. The utility also plans to release another update later. During this period, Eskom urges the public to reduce their electricity usage, especially during the evening peak hours from 17:00 to 21:00.

Energy Conservation Appeal

In an appeal to the public, Eskom has requested that non-essential appliances, particularly geysers and pool pumps, be switched off to alleviate the demand on the grid, especially during the specified peak hours.

About Eskom

Eskom, established in 1923 as the Electricity Supply Commission, is South Africa’s primary electricity public utility. It holds the distinction of being the largest electricity producer in Africa and has been a prominent global utility in terms of generation capacity and sales. Eskom also stands as the largest state-owned enterprise in South Africa.

Eskom’s Power Stations

Eskom operates a range of significant power stations across South Africa. These include the Matimba Power Stations and Medupi Power Station in Lephalale, Kusile Power Station in Witbank, Kendal Power Station in Mpumalanga, and the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station in the Western Cape, which is the only nuclear power plant on the African continent.

City of Cape Town’s Load Shedding Schedule

Following Eskom’s announcement, the City of Cape Town has adjusted its load shedding schedule. At the time of publication, City of Cape Town customers are experiencing Stage 1 load shedding until 16:00, after which Stage 4 will be implemented until 05:00 on the following Monday. This pattern will continue until further notice.

Mitigating Risks During Load Shedding

The article concludes by offering six tips to mitigate risks during load shedding:

  1. Surge Protection: Install surge protection devices to safeguard electronic equipment during power surges.
  2. Alarm System: Ensure your alarm system is functional with a backup battery.
  3. Torch or Headlamp: Keep a torch or use smartphone torch apps during outages.
  4. Emergency Contacts: Save emergency contact information, both digitally and on paper.
  5. Charge Devices: Keep your cell phone, laptop, and tablet fully charged.
  6. Gas for Cooking and Lighting: Prepare with an LP gas bottle and lamp for cooking, lighting, and hot water during power cuts. Consider preparing meals in advance.

The article provides a link to the load shedding schedule for those wishing to check their specific areas.

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