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Third 'shed in 12 hours.

 

It's going well here. Really well.

We have been having power issues for the last 10 days.

A mini substation for the area is not coping with all this rain so they do localized load shedding to try and keep things going. We've had days where we've been off for 24 hours. Then to top it off we get his with the scheduled Eskom load shedding too.

backup batteries for gate, alarm and ups are just not getting enough time to charge up and the constant draining to zero is killing them.

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We have been having power issues for the last 10 days.

A mini substation for the area is not coping with all this rain so they do localized load shedding to try and keep things going. We've had days where we've been off for 24 hours. Then to top it off we get his with the scheduled Eskom load shedding too.

backup batteries for gate, alarm and ups are just not getting enough time to charge up and the constant draining to zero is killing them.

 

Same as my folks (and they're not out East so you're not alone). But they just had a 24 hour outage till this morning. And their substation must be one of the oldest ricketiest in Joburg because every time it rains with any sort of vigour, they're out.

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Same as my folks (and they're not out East so you're not alone). But they just had a 24 hour outage till this morning. And their substation must be one of the oldest ricketiest in Joburg because every time it rains with any sort of vigour, they're out.

We have ongoing issues.

About 15 years back the bigger substation that serves most of the area burnt. As a quick solution they ran alternative cables to certain area to get them up and running. Our was one of them. These cable were left in place.

The problem is these cable are not deep underground and at on point the cable feeding our area crosses over the highway on a bridge.

This is a weak point security wise and cables are often stolen at this point, leaving us without power for long periods. New Years eve seems to be a very opportune time over the last few years.

 

This article popped up in my news feed this morning, I did not know about the protest until I read the article a few moments ago, but it is the residence from mine and surrounding areas.

 

https://boksburgadvertiser.co.za/404678/power-crisis-boksburg-residents-subjected-to-daily-power-outages/

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We have ongoing issues.

About 15 years back the bigger substation that serves most of the area burnt. As a quick solution they ran alternative cables to certain area to get them up and running. Our was one of them. These cable were left in place.

The problem is these cable are not deep underground and at on point the cable feeding our area crosses over the highway on a bridge.

This is a weak point security wise and cables are often stolen at this point, leaving us without power for long periods. New Years eve seems to be a very opportune time over the last few years.

 

This article popped up in my news feed this morning, I did not know about the protest until I read the article a few moments ago, but it is the residence from mine and surrounding areas.

 

https://boksburgadvertiser.co.za/404678/power-crisis-boksburg-residents-subjected-to-daily-power-outages/

 

Its so sad. There is quite literally nothing you can do. And if we're honest what use is standing in the road peacefully protesting going to do.

 

(Not wanting to open a large can of worms here, but on the face of it) This is why I understand when people dig up roads and burn things to get some attention. They're just so desperately out of options. 

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Its so sad. There is quite literally nothing you can do. And if we're honest what use is standing in the road peacefully protesting going to do.

 

(Not wanting to open a large can of worms here, but on the face of it) This is why I understand when people dig up roads and burn things to get some attention. They're just so desperately out of options. 

Fully agree with you. I'm at the point of wanting to burn things.

 

I moved into the suburb 18 years ago. We're in a cul-de-sac with a storm water drain located at the entrance. Since moving in that drain has always had an issue. It used to be mainly with big downpours but has gotten worse over the years. Currently it operates at a trickle.

About 18 months back we started having sewage overflowing out of the manhole into the entrance of the suburb. This after a new builder warehouse was put up opposite the suburb.

The municipals solution to the problem was to tar over the manhole. That has now pushed the problem down into our street.

So we have a street flooded by the rains, and right next to the storm water drain we have sewage spilling into the street. We have to drive through this to get in or out of our street.

 

This has been going on now at its worst since October. The municipality is blaming the residence for throwing foreign object down and we are saying BS, look further upstream.

But other than sending a truck every 3rd day to suck up the S#!T nothing is being done.

 

So you can understand why we are on the verge of doing what everyone else does and burn stuff.

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Even with a system to potentially keep me off the grid for most days, the extended overcast weather and load shedding doesn’t help either.

 

Not enough light to generate sufficient power from the panels (array for the solar geeks), and also not enough direct heat for the solar water heater.

 

First world problems, I guess.

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Third 'shed in 12 hours.

 

It's going well here. Really well.

 

Well, it did go out 30 minutes late and back on time, so we scored a little.

And we're now reduced to 2h30 sheds; no 4h30 jobbies anymore.

Assuming you're in 2A of course...?

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Even with a system to potentially keep me off the grid for most days, the extended overcast weather and load shedding doesn’t help either.

 

Not enough light to generate sufficient power from the panels (array for the solar geeks), and also not enough direct heat for the solar water heater.

 

First world problems, I guess.

 

Hence Eskom's new proposed availability charge - to be paid by everyone connected to the grid. 

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Well, it did go out 30 minutes late and back on time, so we scored a little.

And we're now reduced to 2h30 sheds; no 4h30 jobbies anymore.

Assuming you're in 2A of course...?

Hehe, yes, I did a little double count there just to make the moan sound a little better...

 

2 hours is a lot better. But tomorrow we've gone from no shedding under the old schedule to 2 x 2 hour sessions in the new one. Little bit frustrating.

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