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Loadshedding had its worse run in the first half of 2022. But as several Newcastillians remarked, the power outages had no impact on their monthly Municipal bills.
In fact, numerous Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal residents reported a substantial increase in their utility bills despite the serve loadshedding.
Responding, the Newcastle Municipality has claimed that the reasoning behind this is not their fault, but rather residents’ high electricity usage.
According to the government entity’s Communications Department, the bill that consumers received in the month of July 2022 is reflective of the electricity consumption for May/June 2022.
“It must be noted that during the winter season, i.e. May, June, July and August, electricity consumption is always high. The largest consumers of electricity are geysers and stoves. In winter the geysers utilize more electricity to keep the water hot, as water going into the geyser is much colder as compared to the summer season.”Municipal Communications Unit
As for the power outages that Eskom implemented, the Newcastle Municipality stated that loadshedding does not necessarily decrease the consumption of electricity, as most households pause activities needing electricity to accommodate loadshedding and then continue once electricity is restored. “Equally, consumers who have Prepaid Meters also use more electricity during the winter season,”.
But, if this were the case, then the entire point of Eskom’s loadshedding would be useless.
Nevertheless and stating the obvious, the Newcastle Municipality’s Communications Unit further pointed out that Eskom also does more loadshedding in the winter months. This, according to the entity, is because there is more pressure on the grid, a fact South Africans are all too familiar with.