High possibility of load shedding for today and this week: Eskom

JUNE 22, 2015

Eskom says there is a low probability of load shedding during the day on Monday, with a high probability of load shedding in the evening - and for the rest of the week as Eskom continues with scheduled maintenance, which has further tightened its generation capacity. 

Spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said, “For the rest of the week we're likely to see a repeat of this until we have one unit of Medupi and one unit of Kusile Power Station up, unfortunately we will continue to have this vulnerability in the power systems.

On Sunday, Eskom announced stage 1 load shedding from 17:00.

"This is due to increased electricity demand and a shortage of generation capacity resulting from technical faults at some of our power station units," said the power utility.

Eskom assured customers that load shedding is implemented as a necessary measure to protect the power system and to ensure that maintenance is carried out in order to guarantee that electricity supply can be maintained in the long term.

"Any unexpected changes on the vulnerable and constrained power system could lead to a change in the load shedding stage at short notice," said Eskom.

It made a special plea to electricity users to consider energy efficient ways of keeping warm, as cold weather is being experienced across the country.

On Sunday morning the power utility said that it has adequate generating capacity to meet the demand in electricity.

On Saturday, not even an hour after announcing that it had escalated load shedding to Stage 3, Eskom announced that Stage 2 had been introduced again.
 
It said this was as a result of a decrease in electricity demand.

---additional reporting News24wire