Chisom Jenniffer Okoye
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8 Feb 2020
6:35 am

Load shedding hits Joburg’s City Power hard

Chisom Jenniffer Okoye

Ageing infrastructure breaking because of load shedding and copper cable thieves pouncing when the lights are out are only two of several areas of losses.

Load shedding. Picture: iStock

While Eskom’s latest round of load shedding has had a major effect on Johannesburg’s residents and businesses, the city’s power utility, City Power, said theft and vandalism have added to the burden of power cuts. This comes after Eskom announced stage 2 load shedding on Thursday with the likelihood it would carry on into the weekend. Eskom attributed the reasons for the power cuts to a shortage of capacity and increased demand for electricity. City Power spokesperson Isaac Mangena said load shedding had a huge impact on the city “especially on old power cables, transformers and switchgear”. He added that...