Load-shedding explained

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It’s winter! And because it’s winter, the demand for electricity is higher than in the summer months. This will, of course, mean that there will probably be load-shedding, but this, as you know, is Eskom’s call.
We have also heard you, the public. We have noted that, whenever there is a change in the Load-shedding Stage - from 1 to 2, or from 2 to 3 - some Groups are unfairly affected.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has therefore developed new schedules for the winter months. The schedules are applicable from Monday, 6 July 2015 through to 6 September 2015. Features of the new schedules are:

1. In accordance with the national protocols:
1.1. the schedules must cover a 24-hour period;
1.2. the schedules must cover all seven days of the week; and
1.3. load-shedding time slots must either be 2 hours or 4 hours.

2. So as to avoid unfairness whenever there is a change in Load shedding Stage, each escalated Stage is actually an extension of the previous Stage. For example, as you will see in the attached schedules, Stage 2 is an extension of Stage 1, Stage 3 an extension of Stage 2, and Stage 4 an extension of Stage 3.
3. The half-hour added to the end of each time slot is to allow our technicians time for switching. This must be done with a great degree of care and attention to detail, so as to ensure that the system remains intact.

4. You will notice that the new time slots are at odd-numbered hours (as opposed to previously even-numbered hours). This is due to the reality that during the winter months the peak demand periods are from 07h00 to 09h00 in the morning, and from 17h00 to 19h00 in the evening.
5. The schedules have been packaged to make them more user-friendly. One now simply has to know one’s Group and plot it against any particular date - depending on what Stage of Load-shedding, one will easily be able to work out the various time-slots that are applicable for a particular Group on a particular day in the schedule.

6. The schedules are also monthly. So, for the period 6 July to 6 September 2015, there are just 2 schedules - if one is able to, print out the 2 schedules and stick them on one’s fridge or notice-board.

7. The schedule follows an eight-day cycle, meaning that it repeats itself every ninth day. In the attached, one will see that each Group is shed the same number of times in the eight-day cycle:
* Stage 1 (2 hour time slots): all Groups are shed 10 times in the cycle, and the Geysers 16 times
* Stage 2 (2 hour time slots): all Groups are shed 22 times in the cycle, and the Geysers 22 times
* Stage 3 (4 hour time slots): all Groups are shed 16 times in the cycle, and the Geysers 16 times
* Stage 4 (4 hour time slots): all Groups are shed 22 times in the cycle, and the Geysers 16 times

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