Studies indicate that in the aftermath of the disaster, the municipality lost 50% (between 700MW to 800MW) of electrical load on its electrical infrastructure.
“To date a significant portion of this load has not been restored and will continue to be off the grid until extensive repairs are carried out.
“Importantly, there is agreement that the integrity of the electrical infrastructure was so severely compromised that if parts of the infrastructure and loads were to trip either through a manual intervention (load-shedding) or an electrical fault, it is possible and likely that the municipality grid could be even more severely damaged, further lengthening the duration of the outage.”
The municipality said along with Eskom it was mindful that further electrical damage would severely compromise the water rationing programme that was introduced to protect the supply, with some parts of Durban still without water.
“As a result, there is an agreement that the municipality is operating in an emergency capacity for both electrical and water services.”
The municipality said that if for any reason after load-shedding in the first few instances “a negative impact on the electrical and water infrastructure is deemed to be unacceptably high”, it will need to engage with Eskom immediately.
“The municipality has started the required planning to ensure that the above can be executed. The municipality agrees on the need to implement load-shedding for the purposes of grid stability.”
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