Eskom Stage 4 rotational load shedding has implemented Stage 4 rotational load shedding since Sunday with about 4000MW of electricity to be shed across the country. The details of load shedding in Bloemfontein however, are at the discretion of Centlec, the local power distributor.
Centlec spokesperson, Lele Mamatu, advises residents to familiarise themselves with the load shedding schedules of their area as well as others around the city. “The schedule will not change because it has been the same since load shedding began. It is the only schedule that we as Centlec use so it is important that people know how it will be implemented,” said Mamatu.
Suburbs and other areas of Bloemfontein are divided into six different groups. These groups will experience load shedding at different times of the day.
According to Eskom’s Stefanie Janse van Rensburg, Stage 4 load shedding should not be cause for alarm. “We remind customers that load shedding at Stage 4 is no cause for alarm as the system is being effectively controlled. Load shedding is a highly controlled process, implemented to protect the system and to prevent a total collapse or a national blackout,” said Janse van Rensburg.
Mamatu explained that the areas that are not mentioned in the list of groups will be affected in the same way as nearby suburbs. “Some areas are not mentioned in the schedule. Those areas will experience the same load shedding hours as their adjacent suburbs,” he said.
Residents are appealed to to treat all electrical points as live during load shedding. “If there is damage because of load shedding or power failure which rarely ever happens, the instances will be thoroughly investigated,” added Mamatu.
According to the spokesperson, the electricity failure that affected Fauna and the CBD among other areas yesterday has caused the need for an adjustment to the loadshedding schedule in those areas.
“Today we were supposed to have load shedding in those areas again but because of the power failure that cut off electricity for two additional hours, we had to make arrangements,” said Mamatu. “Those residents suffered four hours without electricity,” he added. – Nomaqhawe Mtebele