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Eskom: Power demand likely to outstrip supply this week

Jan 27, 2015
Eskom: Power demand likely to outstrip supply this week

South African peak electricity demand will be higher than the capacity available from Tuesday to Friday, the country's energy utility Eskom said on Monday, raising the likelihood of more power cuts this week.

The troubled utility had earlier slashed 2,000 MW from the grid, widening controlled power outages in a bid to prevent demand from exceeding its capacity.

Stage 1 of load shedding began on Monday morning at 11 am and was expected to last until 10pm. However, late in the afternoon, Eskom had moved to Stage 2 loadshedding which lasted until 10pm.

The parastatal is urging consumers and businesses to use electricity sparingly and not to leave office equipment such as photocopiers and computers in standby mode after hours.

Eskom has asked industries, shopping malls and office blocks to switch off non-essential lights and machinery as stage one load shedding begins to bite.

Eskom says it will provide regular updates on the status of the power system.