Load shedding caused havoc on Cape Town and Joburg roads – and it won't get better soon

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  • Motorists in Cape Town and Johannesburg were stuck in traffic on Wednesday due to load shedding. 
  • Eskom said load shedding will likely continue for the rest of the week. 
  • Johannesburg plans to have a thousand extra metro police by the end of the year, which could help alleviate congestion when robots go out.
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Traffic in parts of Cape Town and Johannesburg was brought to a standstill due to load shedding on Wednesday, and there is no relief in sight for the rest of the week.

Eskom unexpectedly introduced load shedding stage 2 on Wednesday morning after more than 160 days without rolling blackouts in South Africa. 

Load shedding is expected to continue for the remainder of the week, Eskom said.

Traffic in Cape Town on Wednesday afternoon (scree
Traffic in Cape Town on Wednesday afternoon (screenshot, Google Maps)

City of Cape Town mayoral committee member for transport Felicity Purchase said intersections that become four-way stops without electricity are "significantly less efficient than the flow achievable via a signal.

Also read: As if load shedding isn’t bad enough, the petrol price may be going up too

She was unable to say by how much motorists had been delayed by load shedding, on Wednesday but said the city saw an increase in traffic.

“Delays would, however, be inevitable wherever traffic signals are rendered non-functional due to power cuts.” 

She said at key intersections the city installed battery backups to try and keep signals operational. 

Meanwhile, Johannesburg Metro Police (JMPD) Senior Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said load shedding had heavily affected traffic in Johannesburg for most of Wednesday.  

Traffic in Tshwane on Wednesday afternoon (screens
Traffic in Tshwane on Wednesday afternoon (screenshot, Google Maps)
Traffic in Johannesburg on Wednesday afternoon (sc
Traffic in Johannesburg on Wednesday afternoon (screenshot, Google Maps)

He said the JMPD is due to get an additional 1,000 officers by December, which will help to relieve traffic congestion during load shedding. 

This after the city cancelled a tender for the famous Outsurance pointspeople at the beginning of September. 

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