We are getting a lot of radio traffic lately relating to the load shedding. This is understandable given the current ESKOM situation.
Here is the best information we have:
1. Eskom has three levels of load shedding, dependent on their ability to produce electricity and the demand from their clients at the time. Eskom refers to these levels of load shedding as STAGE 1, STAGE 2 and Stage 3.
2. We in Doringkloof will experience the following load shedding, depending on which STAGE we are at. So:
a). In STAGE 1 we will have no power from 10:00 till 12:30 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
b). If Eskom moves up to STAGE 2 we will have no power from 10:00 till 12:30 every day.
c). If the crisis really hits us and we go to STAGE 3 then we have power cuts like in Stage 2 every day, but with an additional time of 18:00 till 20:30 when there is no electricity.
How can we find out at what STAGE are we – go to http://www.tshwane.gov.za/Services/Electricity/Pages/LoadShedding.aspx on the internet and see what they say, or listen to the news on TV or radio. They sometimes let us in on what STAGE to expect.
Here are a few hints to keep in mind.
A. If you do not have electricity outside the times specified above, check whether your lights have tripped or not. Maybe there is another reason – like being behind in your municipal account. The City of Tshwane, however, prefers to cut off our electricity late on Thursdays and/or Fridays so as to leave us without electricity for the whole week-end. Finally, phone your neighbours and find out whether they too have no electricity. If it is so, phone the Municipality – the number is in the front of the telephone directory.
B. If we are in STAGE 3, plan for either an early supper or late one, or better still, tell the head of the house that he/she is taking you all out for dinner and let the restaurant owners worry about how they can deal with the power outages.
C. If ESKOM continues to shed their load (?), consider investing in gas appliances, such as a gas stove, geyser and possibly lights. Be the envy of your neighbours.