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How does load shedding scheduling work?

Stephen Grootes looked at the impact of load shedding and how the scheduling functions. Louis Pieterse, the Strategic Executive at City Power spoke to Stephen Grootes who said although there is no load shedding planned for today, there are always options and no specific area target all the time. Pieterse said when they decide on load shedding, they look at things like traffic and time of day into account. Stephen asked Louis Pieterse why some areas had load shedding at the same time throughout the week, to which he says that's the ideal plan because if a person runs a business it allows them consistency instead of different times of load shedding.

Provincial Head of Eskom in the Western Cape Alwie Lester said the scheduling depends on the need. The first option is to always do it in bulk and choose an area instead of multiple smaller areas. He also added that depending on the need for load shedding, there's stage one and two and three, and the last being that it's more suburbs seeing the dark.

This weekend the South African sports world saw a dark cloud when three stars were buried in their prime. Boxer Philisiwe Mwelase, athlete Mbulayeni Mulaudzi and Bafana Captain Senzo Meyiwa had their funerals in the same weekend. The boxer died after a boxing match while Mulaudzi was in a horrific car crash. Bafana Star Senzo Meyiwa's cause of death is still sketchy after about three people were arrested and questioned about his death. EWN reporter Masego Rahlaga is looking at the developing story and spoke to Stephen Grootes.

Masego says there will be a big briefing this afternoon by the Police, and that 25 year old Zamokhuhle Mbatha has been formally charged with murder and house breaking. His next appearance is on the 11th of this month. Masego also spoke about the confusion that ensued on Friday when there was speculation about the arrest as the NPA and National Police had no idea of any arrests regarding Mbatha.

Illegal mining has had a huge negative impact on the economy and in the mining industry. News this morning were that Harmony Gold has had to shut down a part of their operations, the Kusasalethu mine because of this. Frans Baleni, General Secretary at NUM spoke to Stephen Grootes about the issue. Baleni expressed the seriousness and dangers of illegal mining and that for a long time now they've been warning the industry about this issue.

Frans Baleni has written various reports on this issue and expressed their disappointments that authorities seem to have a deaf ear on the matter. Baleni also spoke about the impact of the closing of the Harmony mine and the impact it will have on the miners who have to go unpaid when they did nothing wrong. Asked if he thought this could potentially destroy mining industry, Frans Baleni agreed, adding that illegal operators make a lot of money and much more than legal miners and this lure of money makes it difficult to curb their enthusiasm, seemingly not even afraid of losing their lives because they can be down that mine for about three months.

Given the unpredictable load shedding scheduling, Stephen Grootes spoke to Chef and TV personality Justin Bonnelo on the quickest way to make a braai for the family in dark nights. Justin spoke about how a braai is a necessity this summer because of power cuts and says three courses can still be done without electricity. Justin gave tips on quickest way to make the fire, that taking an entire box of charcoal with its paper wrapper and putting firelighters in it can start a great fire quickly.

Justin also emphasized that braai is not only for the meat and that potatoes and multiple carbs and starches can be prepared on the fire. Justin said sticking to a braai helps you ignore the load shedding.

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