Eskom is implementing stage one of load shedding this morning.
The implementation which started at 06:00 this morning is likely to continue until 22:00 this evening.
This makes it the fifth consecutive day of rolling blackouts after generators failed to come back into operation and unplanned maintenance that had to be done.
About 9 500 megawatts of power was lost when some units went off-line.
The loss of a number of generating units early in the week reduced the available capacity to meet the demand.
On Wednesday, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said load shedding will be with the country for the next two years.
“It is expected that the situation would continue throughout winter when consumption is higher as the constraints on the grid mean that planned, controlled, and rotational load shedding and load curtailment, are introduced to protect the power system,” she said when updating the country on the state of the grid.
Eskom has meanwhile called 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.
“We would like to thank all customers who continue to use electricity sparingly. Every little bit of saving counts as it reduces the severity of load shedding,” the power utility said. – SAnews.gov.za
Source : SAnews.gov.za