Eskom: Lights might be on over festive season

DECEMBER 15, 2014

There might be a sigh of relief for many South Africans as Eskom on Monday said that it might not resort to switching off the lights over the festive season.

The power utility said that the power system remained tight with a low probability of load shedding.

On Sunday, Eskom said that after South Africa experienced load shedding over the past weeks, it had several generators back in operation.

“There is no plan to load-shed this week and also the forthcoming holiday period. Many generating units are operating optimally,” Eskom acting spokesman Khulu Phasiwe said.

“We have also built up our emergency reserves – water and diesel. As things stand, we are OK.”

Eskom expects things to remain stable until the second week of January, when most companies reopen.

“We urge you to continue supporting the call to use electricity sparingly during the festive season,” the power utility also appealed. 

How to survive the blackouts;

  • Make sure you find out when your area will experience load shedding and which stage is under way so you can plan accordingly. The schedules can be found at:
  • Candles may be cheaper but they can be a fire hazard if left unattended. Invest in gas or rechargeable LED lights as they have a longer shelf life and they create more light.
  • A power outage means no TV, computer or any other electronic equipment… this makes it a good time to catch up on your reading or family time.
  • For food, stock up on non-perishables or invest in a small gas or a paraffin stove. Even better, pull out the braai-stand and invite a few friends over for that traditional South African gathering.
  • Here is the  full load shedding schedule if ever you need it.