Eskom Implements Stage 2 Load Shedding – Thursday’s Power Cuts Begin at 16:00

Eskom Implements Stage 2 Load Shedding – Thursday’s Power Cuts Begin at 16:00

Eskom, South Africa’s power utility, has declared the implementation of stage 2 load shedding on Thursday, affecting major metros.

The power cuts are scheduled from 16:00 today until 05:00 on Thursday, with a subsequent suspension until 16:00.

Eskom emphasizes ongoing monitoring and communication in case of significant system changes.

Load Shedding Schedules:

For residents in major metros, including Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, Tshwane, Cape Town, Nelson Mandela Bay, eThekwini, Manguang, and Buffalo City, updated load-shedding schedules are provided.

The impact on Wednesday is outlined to assist residents in preparing for the scheduled power cuts.

Safety Measures During Load Shedding:

Surge Protection:

Installing surge protection devices is recommended to minimize equipment damage during power outages.

These devices can be fitted to distribution boards or power outlets.

Alarm System Preparedness:

Ensure alarm systems have functional backup batteries to provide power during load shedding, maintaining security measures.

Lighting Solutions:

Keep torches or headlamps accessible, especially when returning home at night during power outages.

Smartphones with built-in torch features can also serve this purpose.

Emergency Contact Information:

Save and keep emergency contact information on phones and in print.

Include contacts for emergency services, friends, family, and insurance information.

Device Charging:

Fully charge cell phones, laptops, and tablets ahead of scheduled blackouts.

Emergency phone chargers, like power banks, are recommended for extended outages.

Gas for Cooking and Lighting:

Consider having a small LP gas bottle and lamp for cooking, lighting, and boiling water during power cuts.

Preparing meals in advance and keeping hot water in a thermal flask is advisable.

Conclusion:

While Eskom addresses the ongoing challenges with load shedding, residents are encouraged to adhere to safety measures and plan for potential disruptions.

The utility’s commitment to communication and monitoring provides transparency during these power-related difficulties.

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