According to the power utility, this will enable Eskom to carry out its planned maintenance. Eskom has not implemented load shedding over the past 16 successive days. Monday’s evening peak demand for electricity (30 722MW) was met by available capacity (32 171MW).
Eskom’s aim is to meet the country’s electricity needs and maintain its power generating units with minimal or no load shedding. “However, should we experience additional generating unit failure the possibility of load shedding may intensify in which case Eskom will notify customers accordingly.
We appeal to all our customers to continue to reduce their electricity usage throughout the day but to be aware of the need to save more during the peak periods from 06:00 to 10:00 and 17:00 to 21:00.”
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 will continue to provide regular updates on the status of the power system through all the media platforms.