JHB Mayor has a plan for load shedding

Parks Tau will soon reveal a plan mitigating the effects of nationwide load shedding.

FILE. Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau will soon reveal a plan mitigating the effects of nationwide load shedding. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau says the city council has met with the biggest power consumers and will soon reveal a plan to mitigate the effects of nationwide load shedding and introduce private producers onto the system.

Eskom started implementing load shedding again last week, citing what it says is an increased demand on the national power grid as the reason.

Power cuts were implemented across the country between 5pm and 10pm on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, the utility suspended load shedding, saying demand had been reduced, but the situation changed quickly.

Tau says the essential role players discussed the effect of load shedding on the city's economy as well as what needs to be done to preserve electricity.

The mayor says further discussions have been planned with business groups to map out a practical response.

"We're currently looking at interventions that could jointly be undertaken by the city together with large power users. We're expecting a report over the next two weeks."

Eskom in the meantime urged customers to continue to use energy sparingly and has once again appealed to customers to switch off non-essential appliances to conserve electricity.

Take a look at EWN 's feature on how to survive load shedding.

To view load shedding schedules in your area, click here.