Steven Tau
1 minute read
24 Apr 2015
1:33 pm

No plans to implement load shedding this weekend

Steven Tau

While there are no plans to proactively implement load shedding during this long weekend, residents are urged to use electricity sparingly.

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Speaking to The Citizen on Friday. Eskom spokesman Khulu Phasiwe said weekends and long weekends, are times when they normally conduct maintenance work to avoid load shedding.

He urged customers, who will be travelling to various holiday destinations, to make sure they switch off their geysers and lights in a bid to reduce pressure on the system.

“The most common contributory factor to load shedding is generators which are not available to meet sharp increases in the demand for electricity, and therefore the only way to manage this uphill battle is to reduce consumption,” Phasiwe said.

Meanwhile forecaster at the South African Weather Service Jan Vermeulen said residents can look forward to pleasant weather conditions in most parts of the country this weekend.

There is also chance of isolated thundershowers on the cards for Gauteng, the high ground of Mpumalanga, southern parts of Limpopo, north eastern parts of Free State and the western parts of KwaZulu Natal on Saturday.

“There will be a frontal system passing the southern parts of the country on Sunday, bringing along cloudy and isolated showers in parts of the Free State, KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape.

“Temperatures are expected to be in the warm category in most parts of the country, but cool in the escarpment areas, but it is set to get cooler on Monday overnight, and it is expected to be cold in places,” Vermeulen added.

Johannesburg metro police spokesman, Superintendent Wayne Minnaar called on road users to avoid speeding, especially during rainy days as roads become slippery.