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No load shedding guarantees

Eskom CEO Brian Molefe. Picture: Neil McCartney

Eskom CEO Brian Molefe. Picture: Neil McCartney

While country’s power system remained stable yesterday, Eskom said there was no guarantee that load shedding would not be implemented during the course of this weekend.

Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said the improvement in temperatures could also help in decreasing electricity consumtion, which normally goes up during cold winter days.

“However, provided we don’t experience any technical faults on our machines, then there won’t be a need for load shedding,” Phasiwe said.

In a statement released early yesterday, Eskom said in winter, the electricity demand peaks in the morning and evening as more electricity is used during these times.

Customers are again being urged to continue to reduce their electricity usage throughout the day but to be aware of the need to save more during the peak periods of 6am to 10am and 5pm to 9pm.

Eskom implemented stage 1 load shedding from 4pm yesterday due to increased electricity demand and a shortage of generation capacity resulting from technical faults at some of its power station units.

Meanwhile the Standing Committee on Appropriations will conduct public hearings today on the Eskom Special Appropriation Bill and Eskom Subordinated Loan Special Appropriation Amendment Bill.

Residents can also breathe a sigh of relief, as an improvement in temperatures in expected over many parts of the country from today, going into the weekend, at least for now.

However, forecaster at the South African Weather Services, Mbavhi Maliage said morning and evening temperatures are still expected to remain in the cold category.

“We are expecting minimum temperatures in Gauteng to be below the 5 degrees Celsius mark, while maximums will peak at between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius.

“In other parts of the country, we expect similar conditions and partly cloudy in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape,” she said.

However, Maliage warned that another cold front is likely on Monday.


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