High risk of load shedding on Monday: Eskom

APRIL 13, 2015

Eskom says there is a high probability of load shedding on Monday after it implemented Stage Two load shedding on Sunday.

"The load shedding prognosis for today remains high and is dependent on the performance of the power plant," Eskom tweeted on Monday morning.

On Sunday, power utility Eskom began implementing Stage Two load shedding due to a shortage of electricity generation capacity. "This is due to a shortage of generation capacity as several units are currently out of service due to planned and unplanned outages,” it said on Sunday.

Stage one of load shedding allows for up to 1 000MW to be shed off the grid, while stage two allows for up to 2 000MW to be shed. Stage three of load-shedding allows for up to 4 000MW to be shed.   

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.

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 in standby mode after hours.

See the full Nelson Mandela Bay load shedding schedule below.