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Load shedding reprieve for city

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While Eskom announced Stage 2 load shedding, the lights stayed on in the city.

THE SOL Plaatje Municipality confirmed yesterday that the local authority has been given a “little reprieve” from load shedding by Eskom in the light of the ANC anniversary celebrations.

While Eskom announced Stage 2 load shedding on Wednesday night, which continued throughout the day yesterday until this morning, the lights stayed on in the city.

Municipal spokesperson Sello Matsie confirmed yesterday that the local authority had not implemented the load shedding after receiving a reprieve from Eskom.

“This is only because the president of the country is here, as well as many other national ministers and dignitaries, and several programmes are under way in the build-up to the anniversary celebrations on Saturday,” Matsie said.

“If Eskom announces load shedding next week, the schedule will once again be implemented.”

Matsie said that in exceptional cases, for example, with the National Senior Certificate examinations, as well as in extreme medical cases, the municipality could isolate a specific area so that the electricity supply was not interrupted.

“Part of a suburb or area can be isolated if it is deemed necessary. For this weekend, however, the municipality will not be switching off the lights.”