City Power Warns Of 4-Hour-Long Breaks In Electricity Supply

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City Power has warned Johannesburg residents could experience four-hour-long electricity breaks at a time owing to Ekom’s Stage 6 load-shedding.

“Load-shedding Stage 6 is causing more shocks and challenges for City Power, its systems and infrastructure, and by extension, the customers,” City Power Spokesperson Isaac Mangena said on Thursday.

“Following Eskom’s declaration of Stage 6 load-shedding, City Power will as a result implement the same until midnight, with more to be implemented on Friday.

“‘According to the Eskom-aligned schedule, we have realised that during the higher stages of load-shedding, especially Stage 6 where we are now, there will be some customers in certain blocks who will be shed for four hours, instead of two.”

Mangena said Stage 6 load-shedding also means that customers should brace to be without electricity for more than three or four times daily due to the number of blocks we are adding per outage schedule.

“These are some of the undesirable effects of Loadshedding, especially Stage 6, which, unfortunately, we have to live with until Eskom’s capacity challenges are over,” said Mangena.

“City Power wants to assist its customers to plan their lives accordingly to minimise disappointments.”

Below is the confirmation of the blocks that overlap and will be out for 4hrs in the next two days:

14:00 – 18:30
Blocks 11, 15,

16:00 – 20:30
Blocks 12 and 16

18:00 – 22:30
Blocks 13 and 1

20:00 – 00:00
Blocks14 and 2

05:00 – 08h30
Blocks 3 and 7

06:00 – 10h00
Block 4 and 8

08h00 – 12h00
Block 5 and 9

10h00 – 14h00
Block 6 and 10

12h00 – 16h00
Block 7 and 11

14h00 – 18h00
Block 8 and 12

16h00 – 20h00
Block 9 and 13

18h00 – 22h00
Block 10 and 14

20h00 – 00h00
Block 11 and 15

An extra 30 minutes is added to allow for the process of restoration to take place.

“City Power urges customers to use electricity efficiently by switching off non-essential appliances, geysers, lights and pool pumps during load shedding to avoid incidents of in-rush current and network overload when restoration takes place,” said Mangena.

“We apologise for the inconvenience caused by this to our customers.”