eThekwini Municipality and Eskom released a joint statement clarifying the steps to be taken in the implementation of load shedding.
“The municipality has agreed on the process for the soonest implementation of load shedding to assist Eskom to mitigate the risk of a national grid collapse. The municipality has further assessed the long-term strategy to implement load shedding as soon as possible to the equivalent load as was the case prior to the [flooding] disaster,” the joint statement read.
According to the statement, following several meetings, the power utility and the municipality have agreed on the following:
Studies have shown that the municipality lost between 700-800MW of power on their electrical infrastructure during the floods which continues to be unavailable until extensive repairs can be conducted.
“[There] is agreement that the integrity of the electrical infrastructure was so severely compromised that if parts of the infrastructure and loads were to trip either through a manual intervention (load shedding) or an electrical fault, it is possible and likely that the municipality grid could be even more damaged, thus further lengthening the duration of the outage.
“Both Eskom and eThekwini Municipality are mindful that further electrical damage would severely compromise the municipality’s current water rationing programme. [However], as a responsible organ of state, the municipality agrees on the need to implement load shedding for the purposes of grid stability.
“Both Eskom and the municipality commit to assess the progress regularly and to work closely to minimise risk to the municipality and the grid,” the statement read.
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