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Dear Consumer

Electricity Services: Use electricity wisely
Eskom has notified the Municipality of Drakenstein that the electricity supply is currently
under severe pressure. We urge all consumers to use electricity sparling. We confirm
the Demand Side Management Project. Geysers will be switched off daily on request
of ESKOM from 08:00am till 10:00am and again from 18:00 till 20:00pm
for the duration of winter.

Please switch of all non-essential appliances when not in use. Eskom requires voluntary
savings of at least 10%.

Consumers must focus their efforts especially during peak hours, 5pm to 9pm, daily.
Cold and Wet weather predicted for the weekend may increase the potential for load shedding.
The Municipality proposes that consumers prepare themselves for the possibility of load shedding
and ensure motor car fuel tanks are filled up, emergency lighting arrangements -,
as well as other necessary arrangements have been made in case of a possible load shedding event.

To check the current power status click on: www.poweralert.co.za

Electricity Services: Load Shedding Schedule
ESKOM has informed the Drakenstein Municipality of a revised winter load shedding schedule
should load shedding be required.

Please click on the link to see when your area could possibly be affected. Click here.

In the event of planned load shedding, ESKOM will inform the municipality
of which stage will be implemented.

We will post any warnings regarding load shedding we receive on this page.

Thank you.
Complaints should be lodged with the 24 hour call centre on 021 807 4665
or beheer@drakenstein.gov.za

Electricity Services: ESKOM planned interruption of electricity supply
Date: 12 October 2014 Time: 06:00 to 18:00
Alternative date: 26 October 2014
AFFECTED AREAS: Pearl Valley, Holland se Molen, Johannesdal, Pniel, Solms Delta,
Drakenstein Correctional Services and surrounding areas.
Enquiries: 08600 37566


When there is insufficient power station capacity to supply the demand (load) from all the customers,
the electricity system could become unstable, possibly resulting in a national black-out. To avoid this,
Eskom can either increase supply or reduce demand.

To increase supply, Eskom will run its power stations at maximum available capacity. In addition
to the coal and nuclear plant, hydro and open cycle gas turbine stations are used at peak times
when demand is high.

To reduce demand, Eskom will first call on customer contracts that allow for supply to be reduced
or interrupted for specific periods and durations. If this is not enough, Eskom is forced to cut supply
to all other customers. This could be done through either Scheduled or Emergency Load Shedding.

During Scheduled load shedding parts of the network are switched off according to a predetermined
schedule, with the impact spread equitably over the customer base. Shedding is predictable
and allows for customers to plan accordingly.

In exceptional circumstances additional emergency load shedding could be required.
Control Centers will shed load using emergency switching in order to protect the network.
This will be less predictable and all customers can expect to be affected at any time.

Eskom has recently announced that the pre-emptive load shedding has been suspended
until further notice.

For more information about load shedding please visit the Eskom website.