Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Captonians to brace themselves for more load shedding

By Chanel September
28 November 2007

Residents of Cape Town can expect more blackouts this week as load shedding will continue through the course of the day and possibly this week.

Areas affected in the city thus far: are Bothasig, Edgemead and Mitchell’s Plain as power cuts were experienced last night due to a generator that tripped at Koeberg.

“We will re-asses the situation. The only way we can stop load shedding is to build new power stations,” says Eskom’s General Manager of Strategy, Andrew Etzinger.

“Koeberg lost its unit two generator and this put a large strain on the grid nationally,” says City Lighting Manager, Charles Kadalie.

Kadalie added that Eskom has asked the city to assist with the load constraints.

Consumers are urged to use electrical equipment such as air-conditioning, geysers and swimming pool pumps sparingly.

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