City of Cape Town Complying with Eskom's Instruction to Load Shed

17 January 2007
Eskom is experiencing unplanned generating unit outages along with a higher than expected demand for electricity during this time of the year. The national transmission grid remains stable, however the country is faced with a shortage of available generating capacity. Eskom has activated all pre-arranged emergency options, but this will not be sufficient to address the shortfall of electricity for today and possibly for the coming week.

In order to maintain the balance between demand and supply, mandatory load shedding has been implemented country-wide, as and when required. Eskom are doing everything possible to normalise supply as soon as possible. In the meantime they have appealed to everyone to assist by switching off non-essential electrical equipment such as air-conditioning, geysers and swimming pool pumps.

The Electricity Dept of the City of Cape Town is complying with Eskom's instruction to load shed. Load shedding is a controlled way of rotating the available capacity between all customers.

Eskom and the City of Cape Town have published an integrated load shedding schedule informing electricity customers across the Western Cape of when they could possibly experience load shedding.

Where to find this information?

The websites and are updated regularly regarding any changes to the schedule.

Customers of the City of Cape Town can contact the City's Call Centre for load shedding information on 0860 125 008. Eskom customers can call the Eskom Contact Centre on 086 003 7566.

City of Cape Town customers must report all faults to 0860 125 001/2/3/4/5/6.
The City regrets the inconvenience caused to its customers, but these are circumstances over which we have no control.

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City of Cape Town
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