Eskom has announced that while no load shedding was planned for Wednesday, it could take place at short notice. 
File picture: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko
Eskom has announced that while no load shedding was planned for Wednesday, it could take place at short notice. File picture: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

No load shedding planned for Wednesday, but blackouts possible, Eskom warns

By Staff Reporter Time of article published Mar 3, 2020

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Durban - Eskom said that while no load shedding was planned for Wednesday, there was a possibility loadshedding could be implemented at short notice due to a high number of unplanned breakdowns.  

The power utility said they were currently utilising emergency generation reserves to supplement supply. The generation system remains constrained, vulnerable and unpredictable, Eskom said in its latest statement. 

Consumers were urged to note that loadshedding could be implemented at short notice if there is undesirable change in the generation system performance.

"We remind South Africans that there is a possibility of increased loadshedding as we are conducting critical maintenance to restore the ageing plant to good health."

Customers were encouraged to continue to use electricity sparingly and to assist in reducing demand by:

• Set air-conditioners’ average temperature at 23ºC.

• Switching off your geysers over peak periods.

• Use the cold water tap rather than using the geyser every time.

• Set your swimming pool pump cycle to run twice a day, three hours at a time.

• At the end of the day, turn off computers, copiers, printers and fax machines at the switch.

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