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eThekwini, are you ready for a new load shedding schedule coming into effect on May 25?

A man uses a candle and cell phone flash lights during load shedding

A new load shedding schedule will come into effect from May 25, 2023 in eThekwini. File Picture: Itumeleng English

Published May 16, 2023


Durban - Just as eThekwini residents were starting to get used to a reduced load shedding schedule, the eThekwini Municipality has confirmed a new schedule, in line with national one, will become effective from May 25.

The City made the announcement on Tuesday, following discussions with Eskom.

The municipality said eThekwini had been on a reduced level of load shedding since the April 2022 floods owing to the negative impact of the floods on the City’s electrical network.

“While the City’s infrastructure is not yet repaired to pre-flood levels, the City acknowledges the country’s need to reduce the load to protect the national grid.

“It has therefore become unavoidable for eThekwini to revert to normal load shedding stages as experienced by the rest of the country,” said the statement.

The City said some areas continued to battle with the damage from the floods, and as a result certain substations could not be switched off because of the significant risk to residents and infrastructure.

“The City is finalising the amended load shedding schedule and this will be shared with the public as soon as it is ready,” it said.

The municipality said suburban block allocations had been amended to accommodate the required changes.

“Customers are urged to check their suburbs against their new block numbers when the schedule is published.”