Cold weather not a challenge – Eskom

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Cold weather conditions are not necessarily a challenge for Eskom, the power utility’s spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe told The Citizen on Tuesday.

“Cold weather does not imply that load shedding will automatically be implemented,” he said.

“As long as all our generators are running optimally, there won’t be a need for load shedding to be implemented.”

He called on consumers to continue heeding the call of using electricity sparingly, to avoid load shedding.

“As we are in the winter season already. We urge people to switch off their swimming pool pumps, and switch off their geysers during the day when they are at work.

“While the system is stable at the moment, we are still faced with the challenge of a rising demand for electricity during late afternoons,” Phasiwe said.

In a statement issued on Monday, Eskom said the the power system was expected to be constrained during the evening peak period (5pm – 9pm).

Recently, Eskom was able to provide electricity without implementing load shedding for a period of 10 days, but that changed again this week.

On Monday, load shedding Stage 1 was moved to Stage 2 at 6pm due to a further shortage of generation capacity.

Meanwhile, the South African Weather Services warned of the return of the cold winter days towards the end of this week, after the country experienced its first real cold between the end of last week and the start of this one.

According to forecaster Madimetja Thema, maximum temperatures in Gauteng were expected to hover between the low and mid-teens on Thursday, as well as on Friday.






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