JMPD to deploy cops to ease blackout congestion

The JMPD says 150 officers will be deployed to busy intersections affected by load shedding.

FILE: The JMPD says 150 officers will be deployed to busy intersections affected by load shedding. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Over 150 officers will be deployed to busy intersections in order to deal with traffic as a result of load shedding, the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) said on Tuesday.

Traffic was gridlocked in Sandton and other areas on Monday following rolling blackouts.

JMPD spokesperson Edna Mamonyane says officers are ready to help ease congestion in affected areas.

Traffic Free Flow Managing Director Colleen Bekker however says load shedding schedules are too chaotic to deploy pointsmen at the last minute.

Earlier in January, Eskom had warned that extended maintenance work needed to be done and that any technical issues would result in rolling blackouts.

The energy giant initially implemented stage one load shedding before moving onto stage two shortly before midday.

Energy expert Chris Yelland explains that when load shedding is escalated to stage two, it means Eskom has to reduce more supply.

"Stage one load shedding is when Eskom decides to shed 1000 megawatts. Stage two is when they need to reduce demand by 2000 megawatts and stage three, 4000 megawatts."

Many South Africans will be returning home to power outages this afternoon for a second consecutive day.