Shock load shedding sparks worry
Ag no, not again! was the collective cry that went up from Knysna – as it did in the rest of the country – when, like a creature in a zombie movie, the ugly head of load shedding reared its horrible head again this weekend without any prior warning.
As it did in the nasty old Zuma days, power along the Garden Route went off suddenly and caused many a spoiled Sunday lunch for nearly two hours on Sunday 18 November. As usual, any questions to Eskom about the length of the blackout was met with more uncertainty.
Even Knysna Municipality said on Sunday, once load shedding had already commenced, “Should they (Eskom) have informed us timeously through the proper channels, we most certainly would have informed all Knysna residents accordingly.”
The state-owned utility provider implemented stage 1 load shedding from 12:15 on Sunday, which was supposed to last until 22:00, but according to a statement released later that day it was cancelled as from 19:00, “as we made sufficient progress with regard to the emergency reserves”, the press release read.
This is even though the actual outage time in Knysna and Plett turned out to be only until about 14:30.
‘Not ruled out for December’
Arnold Segawa of Moneyweb wrote on Monday 19 November that during a state-ofthe-system briefing on Friday 16 November, Eskom warned that load shedding cannot be ruled out this December, thanks to dwindling coal stockpiles.
“It is crucial that I inform you that load shedding cannot be ruled out for the remaining part of the year and we request South Africans to use electricity sparsely especially during the peak times,” said Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe during the briefing.
Numerous fruitless calls to the Eskom “media desk” on Monday, by KPH, yielded no further clarity on future planned load shedding, or whether there was any load shedding to come.
According to the Eskom load shedding web page, it is currently “not load shedding”, although there is a schedule available, which readers can find below, planned out until Monday 17 December. (Visit loadshedding. eskom.co.za for available schedules.)
Knysna and Plettenberg Bay:
Mon, 19 Nov, 20:00 - 22:30; Tue, 20 Nov, NONE; Wed, 21 Nov, 02:00 - 04:30; Thu, 22 Nov, 10:00 - 12:30; Fri, 23 Nov, 18:00 20:30; Sat, 24 Nov, NONE; Sun, 25 Nov, 00:00 - 02:30; Mon, 26 Nov, 08:00 - 10:30; Tue, 27 Nov, 16:00 - 18:30; Wed, 28 Nov, NONE; Thu, 29 Nov, NONE; Fri, 30 Nov, 06:00 - 08:30; Sat, 01 Dec, 12:00 - 14:30; Sun, 02 Dec, 20:00 - 22:30; Mon, 03 Dec, NONE; Tue, 04 Dec, 04:00 - 06:30; Wed, 05 Dec, 10:00 - 12:30; Thu, 06 Dec, 18:00 - 20:30; Fri, 07 Dec, NONE; Sat, 08 Dec, 02:00 - 04:30; Sun, 09 Dec, 08:00 - 10:30; Mon, 10 Dec, 16:00 - 18:30; Tue, 11 Dec, NONE; Wed, 12 Dec, 00:00 - 02:30; Thu, 13 Dec, 06:00 08:30; Fri, 14 Dec, 14:00 - 16:30; Sat, 15 Dec, 22:00 - 00:30; Sun, 16 Dec, NONE; Mon, 17 Dec, 04:00 - 06:30