City Power Overhauls Load Shedding: Johannesburg’s Relief Ensues

  • City Power in Johannesburg rectified the recurring two-hour load shedding issue by reverting to a four-hour block system during higher stages of load shedding. This change aimed to alleviate frequent disruptions experienced by customers.
  • Revised schedules for different load shedding stages were introduced, outlining the frequency and duration of power interruptions in various areas, aiming for equitable distribution and reduced inconvenience.
  • The utility emphasized exemptions for essential services and key customers while working toward expanding exemptions to mitigate the impact on non-exempt customers facing increased load shedding burdens.
Johannesburg’s Relief Ensues

Amid Johannesburg’s ongoing battle against power outages, City Power has announced significant reforms to rectify the persistent two-hour load shedding issue that plagued the city after assuming outage responsibilities from Eskom at the close of 2023. This development brings relief to South African residents facing recurrent disruptions to their daily lives.

The transition of responsibility from Eskom to City Power initially resulted in customers enduring consecutive two-hour blocks of load shedding. The utility attributed this dilemma to technical complications associated with the newly implemented two-hour block system, replacing the previous four-hour blocks.

To address these challenges, City Power devised a strategy reverting to the familiar four-hour block structure during higher stages of load shedding. While the two-hour blocks were appreciated during lower stages, the escalation to higher stages, especially from Stage 5 to 8, triggered frequent repetition of the short two-hour blocks. Consequently, some customers encountered two separate load shedding instances within a mere six-hour interval, causing substantial inconvenience.

Acknowledging the adverse impact on customers, City Power opted to reinstate the four-hour block format for higher stages (5–8) to alleviate the recurrence of the two-hour block predicament. This alteration effectively eliminates the two-hour block issue while resembling the load shedding experience under Eskom’s administration.

The revised schedules are now in effect, delineating changes across various stages to optimize load shedding distribution:

Stage 5 Revisions:

  • All blocks during Stage 5 will undergo shedding three times a day instead of four.
  • Four blocks will undergo load shedding but will retain a 4-hour duration, akin to Stage 3 and 4 experiences, with occasional alternations.
  • The remaining 12 blocks will have one 4-hour load shedding episode, rotated fairly among them.

Stage 6 Adjustments:

  • Eight blocks will experience two 4-hour load shedding sessions daily, with alternating time frames to distribute the impact.
  • The other eight blocks will endure a single 4-hour block each day, followed by a 2-hour session to balance the burden across all areas.

Stage 7 & 8 Provisions:

  • Customers under Stage 7 or 8 should anticipate half-day power interruptions.
  • 4-hour load shedding will occur three times daily for affected blocks, ensuring a substantial reduction in power availability.
  • Additional blocks (Block 17 & 18) may be introduced at earlier stages to mitigate capacity issues and alleviate excessive burden on certain areas.

Furthermore, City Power outlined adjustments to specific time frames, eliminating the 4-hour load shedding previously occurring between 22h00 – 02h30, due to the introduction of new blocks. Instances of this phenomenon, primarily occurring during leap years, will be forewarned to customers.

While essential services, businesses, and key customers will continue to be exempt from load shedding, City Power endeavors to increase exemptions for more entities. However, this shift will impose additional strain on non-exempt customers, amplifying the burden on those subjected to load shedding.

As Johannesburg braces for improved power distribution and reduced disruptions, City Power remains committed to refining its strategies, prioritizing equitable load shedding allocation while striving to expand exemptions to alleviate the impact on affected consumers.



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