Load shedding: Stage 1 resumes for City of Cape Town residents on 11 July

On Saturday 11 July, City of Cape Town residents will be subjected to Stage 1 load shedding, while the rest of the county will battle through Stage 2.

This follows after Eskom implemented Stage 2 load shedding on Friday, and warned that scheduled power cuts will continue into the weekend due to an increase of plant breakdowns exceeding 3 000MW.

Stage 1 load shedding for City of Cape Town customers

On Friday, the City of Cape Town said on social media that all City-supplied customers would be protected against the second stage:

"The City of Cape Town will protect customers from one stage of load shedding and City-supplied customers will, therefore, be on Stage 1 load shedding. Eskom-supplied customers will be on Stage 2 load-shedding".

Earlier on Friday, the City also deployed extra generation supply capacity from its Steenbras Hydropower plant and said it "would fire up its gas turbines where possible to mitigate" power cuts.

Load shedding Stage 2 for Eskom customers

Eskom explained on Friday that some generation units are expected to return to service during the night. However, the power utility will continue implementing Stage 2 and will resume with the schedule at 9:00 on Saturday.

Stage 2 level load shedding will continue until 22:00. Eskom explained why:

"Even though some of the units are expected back in service, continuing with load shedding [on Saturday] is necessary in order to replenish the emergency generation reserves to better prepare for the coming week".

City of Cape Town schedule

Areas supplied by Eskom will still be subjected to all load shedding — Stage 2 for Saturday 11 July. That said, the CoCT still advise that customers reduce energy usage.

This guide will assist in determining whether your area will be subjected to load shedding. You'll need to know your area number and the load shedding stage before referring to the schedule.

The schedule covers a breakdown and a map of the areas, as well as schedules for stages 1 through to 8. Eskom customers can search for their areas on the Eskom website for their load shedding schedules.

How to reduce demand

The CoCT said that it is "committed to working together with residents, businesses and other partners to minimise the impact of electricity costs and supply shortages". The teams said if all parties work together, it would be possible to:

  1. Soften the impacts of forthcoming steep tariff increases

  2. Protect our local economy and jobs[*]Boost our local energy efficiency and renewable energy economy and create local jobs[*]Reduce Cape Town's carbon footprint and build a sustainable, resilient city. 

Residents can save up 30% of their electricity bill "by adding a few low-cost items, usually for less than R1000" the team suggests. Residents could save up to 50% by investing in energy-efficient equipment. Here a few suggestions.

A few ways to save include:

  1. Using geysers only for an hour or two and day and turning it off when not in use

  2. Turning the geyser down to the recommended 60 degrees Celsius[*]Using less hot water, and by showering instead of bathing[*]By drying laundry in the sun, instead of using a tumble dryer[*]By replacing regular bulbs with energy-saving LED bulbs[*]By switching off all appliances at the wall[*]By using warm bottles instead of electric blankets