Load Shedding 22.3.2015 09:14 am

Possibility of load shedding today – Eskom

FILE PICTURE: A resident of an informal settlement displays the illegal connection in his shack on August 25, 2013 in Soweto, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images / Foto24 / Lucky Maibi)

FILE PICTURE: A resident of an informal settlement displays the illegal connection in his shack on August 25, 2013 in Soweto, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images / Foto24 / Lucky Maibi)

Any unforeseen incident in the power system could trigger the implementation of load shedding today, Eskom said.

“The electricity supply system remains very vulnerable this weekend due to a shortage of generation capacity as several units are currently out of service for planned and unplanned outages,” said Eskom in a statement.

“This being Eskom’s maintenance season, we expect the power grid to remain constrained for the rest of the summer.”

Eskom stopped Stage 1 load shedding at about 9pm last night.

“We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience to affected customers and we thank all electricity users for responding to our messages to save. Every little bit of saving counts in minimising the severity of load shedding.”

The power utility called on customers to reduce the load on the electricity grid by switching off geysers, air conditioners, pool pumps and all non-essential appliances throughout the day, which will reduce electricity demand.

“Commercial customers, particularly shopping centres and office blocks, can also make a big difference by switching off non-essential lights and not leaving office equipment such as photocopiers and computers in standby mode after hours,” Eskom said.

The Citizen has compiled a list of load shedding schedules from across different municipalities. Due to the fragmented nature of the information available, not all schedules may be accurate or up to date. If your schedule does not appear here or is not up to date, let us know.

 

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