SA: Longer blackouts in new power cut plan
February 28 2008 at 06:37AM
Joburg residents can expect to experience power cuts lasting about four hours from March 5.
But these will be less frequent and done according to a specific schedule.
The council, together with Eskom, on Wednesday released a detailed plan informing residents of the times of their four-hour cuts. These can be expected between three to four times a week. The city has been divided into blocks.
The bad news is that hospitals, clinics and other emergency services can no longer be isolated and spared from the cuts because they are now being done in larger “blocks”.
Vally Padayachee, City Power’s director of engineering operations, said there had been consultations with customers who said they would prefer longer but less frequent cuts. They had also requested predictability, which was being done through the schedule of planned outages.
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