'Load shedding schedules designed to reduce demand'

The unexpected collapse of a coal silo at Majuba Power Station resulted in rolling blackouts across SA.

FILE: Eskom say the load shedding schedules are created to keep the country's power system up and running. Picture: EPA/Omer Saleem.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom and municipalities say the load shedding schedules they've been implementing are designed to best suit customers and reduce demand to keep the country's power system up and running.

The unexpected collapse of a coal silo at Majuba Power Station in Mpumalanga this weekend resulted in rolling blackouts across South Africa.

While some experienced load shedding according the schedules, others were left without power for between six and 12 hours.

Eskom's Western Cape provincial head Alwie Lester says, "The schedule is based on the load block that is required and it's a two hour rotational window."

Johannesburg City Power's Louis Pieterse says some areas will have power cuts more frequently compared to others.

"It depends on how many megawatts you have to shed that will then allow for certain suburbs to be shed more frequently, clearly because of the maximum demand that is theorised from load shedding in that particular area."

Eskom says it's managed to stabilise the coal supply at its Majuba Plant and is not expecting to implement load shedding today.

To read the full load shedding schedule, click here.