Eskom warns of load shedding at short notice
Eskom warned that load shedding may be implemented at short notice, due to the continued shortage of generation capacity.
In a statement, the ailing parastatal said that the power system is very constrained for Monday evening and for the next few weeks. It added that there are a number of generating units expected to return to service during the course of Monday, but warned that the likelihood of loadshedding is high and may be required at short notice, most likely during the evening peaks between 17:00 and 22:00.
‘’Eskom will continue to closely monitor the system, adjust and communicate any changes as may be necessary. We appeal to all South Africans to help limit the impact of the shortages by continuing to reduce the usage of electricity and to switch off all non-essential items,’’ said Eskom.
‘’We currently have 5 232MW on planned maintenance, while another 14 623MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.’’
Eskom says that should the shortage of generation capacity persists, the loadshedding will be implemented over the coming weeks. The parastatal urged consumers to use electricity sparingly.
‘’We would like to remind the public that loadshedding is implemented only as a last resort to protect the national grid. We therefore urge all South Africans to continue using electricity sparingly especially between 05:00 – 09:00 in the mornings and 16:00 – 22:00 in the evenings.’’
Done By: Mitchum George