Power utility, Eskom, on Sunday said that it does not expect to implement loadshedding this week, but the possibility that loadshedding may be implemented remains.
“The system remains constrained and vulnerable. We are currently utilising minimal emergency generation reserves to supplement supply,” Eskom said.
“We remind the public, however, that Eskom may have to implement loadshedding at short notice should the system performance deteriorate.
“Unplanned outages or breakdowns were at 11 689MW as at 14:35 today and planned maintenance outages are at 5 016MW.”
Eskom invited everyone to partner with it, through co-operation and responsible management of electricity consumption, so that we may soon emerge from these difficult times of supply constraints.
“We thank you for your co-operation and understanding so far,” Eskom added.
“We request customers to continue to use electricity sparingly and to assist us in reducing demand.”
• Keep your morning shower short to lessen the load during morning peak
• Take food out of the freezer for dinner and put it in the fridge to thaw. It’ll save you using the microwave to defrost it later
• Set air-conditioners’ average temperature at 23ºC
• Switch off your geysers over peak periods
• Unplug that cell phone charger before you leave the house. It uses electricity even if your phone is not plugged in
• 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.