Rolling blackouts affect all South Africans – minister

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Constant rolling blackouts affect all South Africans, even President Jacob Zuma and his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said on Tuesday. Jacob Zuma
Brown was responding in a written reply to an opposition question about whether the homes of Zuma, Ramaphosa, ministers and members of the power utility Eskom board are excluded from “load shedding”.
No residential homes, including those of Zuma and Ramaphosa, are excluded from Eskom’s interruption of power supplies, which has dragged on for months following the collapse of some of Eskom’s power stations in November last year.
But Brown admitted that there are “exemptions from load shedding”, but she said these exemptions are only granted under exceptional circumstances and only for critical loads as defined in the code of practice.
For example, Metro Rail and bulk water supplies could be excluded, she said.
“Some homes in South Africa are supplied by Eskom, while others are supplied by municipalities,” Brown said.
“In particular, no residential homes supplied by Eskom, including those cited in this question, are exempt from load shedding,” the minister said.
For homes supplied by municipalities, it is impossible to confirm that all homes in municipal areas are subject to load shedding as Eskom did not have detailed information on the layout of electrical networks of municipalities.
However, municipalities are required to implement load shedding in their areas of supply according to the standard, said Brown.
As municipalities act as distributors of Eskom’s supply, they also implement load shedding in all residential homes, the minister said.
Eskom is running a very old and vulnerable power system which is prone to technical failures. Any extra load or faults in the system may necessitate the need to implement load shedding.
The utility implements load shedding as a last resort to protect the national system from a total blackout which would have significant impact on the economic development of South Africa.? Enditem

 

Source:?Xinhua

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