As Eskom shifted from stage 1 to stage 2 to stage 4 load shedding and then back to stage 2, then stage 3 this week, the impact on Johannesburg’s City Power grid has been chaotic.
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Johannesburg plans to seek at least R3.8-billion in investment in solar and gas-fired power as well as battery storage to improve electricity supply.
The City of Johannesburg plans to take over electricity distribution in part of the city from Eskom, a move that will be very costly for business, the Association of South African Chambers has warned.
City Power, Johannesburg’s municipal electricity supplier, has moved to a two-hour load-shedding schedule and announced changes to its load-shedding blocks – both implemented with immediate effect.
Residents and businesses in Johannesburg may soon find load-shedding times reduced from the current four-hour blocks, to the two-hour blocks imposed elsewhere in South Africa.
City Power, which distributes electricity to large parts of Johannesburg, wants be less reliant on Eskom in light of how intermittent load shedding and the rising cost of electricity have affected it.
The City of Johannesburg said on Friday that it has detected a “network breach”, which resulted in unauthorised access to its information systems.
Eskom said on Wednesday that it will implement stage-2 load shedding from 9am on Wednesday, with outages likely to continue until 11pm.