S­hock lo­ad shed­ding s­parks wor­ry

Knysna-Plett Herald - - News - Staff re­por­ter

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

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