Residents in parts of Eldorado Park are furious due to the frequent load shedding which has been occurring. Last week, parts of Extensions One, Two, Three, Six and Eight were affected by load shedding almost every night.
“It is very upsetting to come home from a long day at work and there is no electricity. We have experience load shedding from 6 pm for the past three nights,” said Iloma Billings, a disgruntled resident.
Load shedding not only affects the adults, it affects children as well. Both primary and high schools are in the midst of writing their mid-year examinations and the outages has made it extremely difficult for learners to study and prepare effectively. Milano Van Rooyen is currently in Grade Six and is sitting for his mid-year examinations.
“Studying is so much more difficult now because I can’t see properly, I am very unhappy about the load shedding because I now have to do my homework by candlelight. My eyes are sensitive, I wear glasses, so makes reading so difficult,” said Milano.
Candice Khumalo, who is a high school pupil, said that load shedding was a real problem which needed to be addressed immediately.
“It is so difficult for me to study properly. We’re living in the digital age, so most of my study content is on my phone, I can’t access my notes when my phone battery is dead. We need to be given a load shedding schedule so that school learners can alter our study sessions accordingly,” she said.
Sydney Mphahlele, City Power spokesperson urged residents to switch off unused appliances and that the electricity grid was under immense pressure during the winter season.
He added that this winter plan’s key focus would be on areas of the network that experience repeated outages on the same day or week. He said among other efforts, it would include equipping technicians with spares, strategic material and consumables in the event of any unplanned outages.
“We also plan to increase the number of technicians attending to outages in our areas of supply. This means that more teams will be dispatched to attend to unplanned outages as well as to respond to emergency calls,” said Mphahlele.
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