GEORGE NEWS - ESKOM this evening advised George Municipality that repairs to their faulty line to the Wilderness substation will only commence tomorrow, Sunday 9 May - with no current completion time available.
The faulty line is located in a difficult site. George Municipality has been able to pick up the load and return power to the Central Business District which will remain on tomorrow and not be affected by the rotational load shedding.
George Municipality has in response to this crisis, worked out a plan of supply by rotational load shedding in an attempt to provide power to as many households as possible for at least three (3) hours at a time, starting from 07:00 on Sunday morning, while the ESKOM repairs take place. This plan was put together very quickly and as much as we would like this plan to be fail-safe, it may not be. The municipality therefore urges all clients to regard the times provided on the schedule as guidelines only, with a grace period of approximately 15 minutes, for when the power will be switched on or off.
Due to the current abnormal condition in which the system is configured, it is not stable and may be prone to overload conditions. We therefore urge all clients to please limit their use to only the most essential items in an effort to consume as little power as possible.
Please note with regard to Hoekwil, the municipality is not sure that we can energise the whole area until we can check the real time loading tomorrow. Certain streets may therefore not receive power at all. Updates will be provided as soon as possible.
Due to the nature of the network, those areas furthest away from George may not receive electricity at all, and these are Kleinkrantz, Langvlei Dunes and a portion of Hoekwil.
Should ESKOM be delayed in their efforts to repair the faulty line, George Municipality will revise the attached schedule accordingly.
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