Places in South Africa which don’t get load shedding

Load shedding is on the forefront of South Africans’ minds once again, following the repeated need to limit the strain on Eskom’s power stations.

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While many South Africans either sit in the dark or start up their generators, some residents are not affected by the controlled power cuts due to where they live.

The City of Cape Town’s mayoral committee member for utility services Ernest Sonnenberg recently provided some insight into why certain areas do not suffer from power cuts.

“As far as exclusions from load shedding are concerned, the city is guided by what is referred to as regulation NRS048-9,” he said.

“This is the national standard for load shedding and deals with the appropriate treatment of critical loads and the essential load requirements of various customers.”

Areas in SA which don’t get load shed

MyBroadband sent request to all of the country’s major municipalities regarding regulation NRS048-9 and areas which are not affected by load shedding.

The City Tshwane’s spokesperson said they were not “in a position to give… such information”, while the City of Joburg (through City Power), and eThekwini Municipality (Durban) gave a basic overview of the areas or institutions which don’t get load shedding.

Cape Town provided a detailed list of areas which fall under regulation NRS048-9, while the other municipalities failed to reply.

City of Joburg

  • Randwater
  • Bushkoppies Johannesburg Water Sewerage treatment plant
  • Goudkoppies Johannesburg Water Sewerage treatment plant
  • Oliphantsvlei Johannesburg Water Sewerage treatment plant
  • SABC
  • Chris Hani Hospital
  • Helen Joseph Hospital
  • Johannesburg Hospital


“In terms of eThekwini Municipality’s load shedding schedule, no suburbs and/or roads are purposely excluded from load shedding,” said eThekwini.

“However, refinery depots have to be excluded from load shedding as they supply a critical national product. Therefore, certain customers may not be affected by load shedding if they share a supply with the refinery.”

Cape Town

  • Melomed Gatsville
  • Bellville CBD – includes two state hospitals, Telkom international data centre, eye hospital, and two private hospitals.
  • Tygerberg Hospital
  • Bellville South Industrial area – most of these consumers partake in the voluntary load curtailment programme.
  • Tyger Valley Cape Gate and Willow Bridge – load curtailment customers as per NRS048-9.
  • Afrox, Kuilsriver – national oxygen supplier.
  • Claremont Central Business District
  • Newlands Control Centre – load shedding switching centre.
  • Newlands Cricket Stadium – during fixtures October to Jan/Feb.
  • Newlands Rugby Stadium – during fixtures March/April to Sept/Oct.
  • SAB Miller – load curtailment customer as per NRS048-9.
  • Jan Smuts, parts of Athlone – Athlone Waste Water Treatment Works, Langa Sewerage Pumps.
  • Atlantis Industrial – load curtailment customers as per NRS048-9.
  • Atlantis Residential – technical problems on restoration of supply.
  • Groote Schuur Hospital
  • Red Cross Hospital and St. Josephs Hospital
  • Pelican Park, parts of Strandfontein, parts of Mitchells Plain – Cape Flats Waste Water Treatment Works.
  • Paarden Eiland – Paarden Eiland Water Pump Station.
  • Epping Industrial – load curtailment customers as per NRS048-9.
  • Cape Town CBD – major central business district, Sommerset and Christiaan Barnard Hospitals.
  • Mitchells Plain – Town Centre, Promenade, SAPS, Courts.
  • Tamboerskloof, parts of CBD – High Court (08:00 -16:00), Cable Car High Season and windy days.

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