JOHANNESBURG: ESKOM, the embattled South African power utility, hinted load shedding would be a regular exercise the entire summer amid system being constrained. The firm said any extra load or faults in the system may necessitate the need to go into load shedding.
“Load shedding is a painful yet necessary decision to protect the electricity power system from a total black-out,” Eskom stated.
“It remains important for all customers to maintain or achieve 10 percent electricity savings especially in the commercial, industrial and residential sectors.” Eskom calls on all South Africans to pull together over the next few months and use electricity sparingly by “Living Lightly” this summer.
It recommended homeowners and businesses to switch off geysers and pool pumps, switch off non-essential lights, efficiently use air-conditioners and responding to the alerts on TV each evening this summer.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY