Pretoria: Eskom has implemented stage two load shedding from 6am, which will go on until 10pm.
The power utility says the country’s power grid remains very vulnerable due to a shortage of generation capacity as several units are currently out of service due to planned and unplanned outages.
“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,” the utility said in a statement on Tuesday.
Eskom has called on all customers to reduce the load on the electricity grid by 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 on standby mode after hours.
“Every little bit of saving counts as it reduces the severity of load shedding,” said Eskom.
SOURCE: South African Official News