Eskom stops load shedding
Wednesday, 11 February 2015: Eskom stopped stage 2 load shedding at 22h30 on 11 February 2015. It is important to note that restoration of power takes longer in some areas.
As temperatures hit highs in the past few days, we would like to thank all the customers who responded to our call and reduced their energy consumption. If we work together we are able to reduce our demand thereby reducing the severity of load shedding. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience to affected customers. Eskom implements load shedding as a measure of last resort to protect the power system from collapsing, and we only shed what is required to balance demand and supply.
The system is very vulnerable and will continue to be under severe pressure during the week, so the risk of load shedding remains high. There is a shortage of generation capacity due to units that are currently out of service due to planned and unplanned maintenance. The focus is on returning the units that are on unplanned maintenance back on line in order to increase available capacity.
Eskom calls on all customers to reduce the load on the electricity grid by urgently switching off geysers, air conditioners, pool pumps and all non-essential appliances throughout the day, which will reduce electricity demand. 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 media platforms.
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SOURCE: SOUTH AFRICAN OFFICIAL NEWS