Johannesburg Residents, Get Ready: Scheduled Load Reduction Coming

Johannesburg Residents, Get Ready: Scheduled Load Reduction Coming

  • City Power has announced that it will implement a load reduction schedule in Johannesburg to reduce pressure on the grid
  • The schedule, which will kick-off on 10 June 2024, will run from 6am until 10am and again at 4pm to 10pm
  • The power utility said the affected areas include suburbs with high usage levels that threaten to overload electricity equipment

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Zingisa Chirwa is an experienced Briefly News journalist based in Johannesburg, South Africa, who has covered current affairs on the radio for over 15 years.

City Power announced that it would implement a load reduction schedule in Johannesburg from 10 June 2024.
City Power warned Johannesburg residents of the scheduled load reduction from 10 June 2024. Images: Stock Images
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Johannesburg residents should brace themselves for the scheduled load reduction from 10 June 2024.

City Power urges Joburg residents to reduce usage

City Power said the reduction would run during peak periods from 6am until 10am and from 4pm to 10pm. According to @CityPowerJhb, affected areas include suburbs with high usage levels that threaten to overload electricity equipment:

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City Power said in areas where it recorded an exceptionally high increase in electricity usage, the load reduction schedule would run for periods no longer than two-and-a-half hours between 4 am and 10am and in the evening between 4pm and 10pm.

The power utility added that the decision to reduce the load comes after extensive efforts to encourage customers to use electricity sparingly. It added that electricity consumption had reached critical levels, fo rcing harsh measures to protect the grid from collapse.

Netizens weigh in

Many frustrated social media users believed that the introduction of load reduction was City Power reintroducing loadshedding.

@GeorgyFresh wondered:

“Is this loadshedding 2.0?”

@TsholoBogatsu asked:

“What do you mean?? We haven't had electricity for 3 days now, so what actually do you mean??”

@ManKooldeni added:

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“So the new name for loadshedding is load reduction.”

@AfricanComNotes commented:

“Sounds like a fancy name for loadshedding, really?”

@Sebati_N said:

“Talk about rebranding, we've been waiting.”

Will South Africa face Stage 5 loadshedding?

Briefly News reported that after numerous unscheduled power outages, many South Africans believed loadshedding had unofficially returned.

Their fears coincided with a warning from energy experts who predicted a high probability of electricity outages in winter.

One expert said the scheduled power outages could escalate to Stage 5 over the next three months.

Source: Briefly News

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