Steven Tau
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8 Jun 2015
11:00 am

Cold here to stay – but no load shedding

Steven Tau

While the South African Weather Services has warned more icy cold days are expected this week, Eskom says there is no planned load shedding on the cards.

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This is provided the system does not encounter any major problems. Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said yesterday the last 10 days had been “relatively good” as no load shedding was implemented.

“Our plan as Eskom is to ensure that we provide electricity, as long as our machines are operating optimally.” Phasiwe attributed the system’s good performance to one of the two units at Koeberg power station which was brought back online last week after it was taken offline in March for maintenance, as well as Medupi’s unit 6 which is undergoing tests.

The unit in question at Koeberg is contributing 900mw to the national grid, while Medupi’s unit 6 has been contributing 800mw.

Testing and synchronisation work at Medupi’s unit 6 started on May 26, and it will only be brought up to full commercial operation once technicians are 100% comfortable with its performance.

Phasiwe said the “maintenance festival” is beginning to bear fruit. “The plan is to reduce unplanned outages to 5 000mw in the current winter season, from the current 6 000mw.”

He again called on consumers to continue using elecricity sparingly. Meanwhile, the cold weather of the last few days are expected to continue for most of this week.

According to forecaster Madimetja Thema another low pressure system is expected this week, bringing cold conditions. “It is expected to remain cold in the mornings and cool during the day,” Thema said.

Maximum temperatures for Gauteng are expected to hover around the high teens between today and Wednesday, before dropping to the mid-teens on Thursday.

Johannesburg, Pretoria and Vereeniging are expected to peak at highs of between 130C and 150C on Thursday and Friday.

In KwaZulu-Natal daytime temperatures are set to be cool, hovering in the mid-20 degrees. Cold weather is expected inland on Thursday as well as on Friday.