Pretoria: Eskom says stage 1 load shedding, which started at 8am, is expected to continue until 10pm.
The electricity supply system remains very constrained and vulnerable due to a shortage of generation capacity as several units are currently out of service due to planned and unplanned outages.
“Eskom would like to assure customers that load shedding is implemented as a necessary measure to protect the power system.
“Any additional changes on the already vulnerable and constrained power system could lead to a change in the stage of load shedding at short notice. We will communicate if there is a need to change stages,” Eskom said in a statement.
Eskom 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.
“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,” Eskom said.
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 on standby mode after hours.
Eskom says it will use the published load shedding schedules which are available on the Eskom website (http://loadshedding.eskom.co.za) for Eskom customers.
Eskom customers can also contact the customer call centre at 0860 037 566.
Municipal customers are advised to contact their municipalities for information.
SOURCE: South African Official News