Eskom on Friday said that Stage 2 loadshedding will continue until Sunday. The power utility said that it has experienced unplanned breakdowns, which has increased a shortage of generating capacity.
It brought back loadshedding on Wednesday after just three days without power cuts.
Eskom loadshedding for the next 18 months
Eskom reminded South Africans that there is a possibility of increased loadshedding over the next 18 months as it is conducting critical maintenance to restore the ageing plant to good health.
It requested customers to continue to use electricity sparingly and to assist us in reducing demand:
• Set air-conditioners’ average temperature at 23ºC
• Switch off your geysers over peak periods
• Use the cold water tap rather than using the geyser every time
• Set your swimming pool pump cycle to run twice a day, three hours at a time
• At the end of the day, turn off computers, copiers, printers and fax machines at the switch.
“We appeal to customers to revisit their loadshedding schedules on the Eskom (http://loadshedding.eskom.co.za) or local municipal websites, depending on their electricity supplier, to review amendments.”