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Load Shedding: Eskom said it wanted to assure customers that load shedding is implemented as a necessary measure to protect the power system and to ensure that maintenance is carried out in order to guarantee that supply of electricity can be maintained in the long term.

Scheduled loadshedding is controlled by way of sharing the available electricity among all its customers. By switching off parts of the network in a planned and controlled manner, the system remains stable throughout the day, and the impact is spread over a wider base of customers.
Load shedding is a measure of last resort to prevent the collapse of the power system country-wide. When there is insufficient power station capacity to supply the demand (load) from all the customers, the electricity system becomes unbalanced, which can cause it to trip out country-wide (a blackout), and which could take days to restore. When power is insufficient, Eskom can thus either increase supply or reduce demand to bring the system back into balance.
As the difference between supply and demand becomes small, the system becomes “tight”. This implies that action has to be taken to prevent the system from becoming unstable. Eskom normally takes a sequence of steps to keep the system stable and to avoid load shedding. The steps include first asking large customers to reduce load voluntarily. However, if several power station units trip suddenly and unexpectedly, they may have to skip those steps and go straight to load shedding to prevent the system from becoming unstable.

Klerksdorp News will aim to warn residents of eminent load shedding as soon as we are notified. At the top of the page, we will indicate which stage we are loadshedding (1,2,3 or 4).

So how do you know if your area will be affected? Visit the Klerksdorp News load shedding page. It will tell you in what stage we are currently load shedding. Go to LOAD SHEDDING SCHEDULE ADVANCED SEARCH and under SELECT A PROVINCE choose the North West province. Select the City of Matlosana and then your suburb. Click on the stage we are load shedding in (Stage 1, 2, 3 or 4) to view the schedule for that specific stage and your specific area.

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