Thursday, Eskom will implement stage 2 rotational loadshedding this evening from 22:00 until 05:00 tomorrow morning.
Earlier in the week we communicated to the public that any unexpected shift in generating capacity, such as additional unplanned breakdowns and the depletion of our emergency reserves may necessitate the need to implement loadshedding at short notice.
Today we lost three additional generation units and had to use our emergency reserves in order to meet demand throughout the day. As a result our emergency reserves are now at critically low levels, and need to be replenished overnight in order to meet tomorrow's forecasted demand in electricity. That said, the risk of loadshedding for tomorrow remains high if generating units do not return overnight as scheduled.
Eskom has been working around the clock to avoid loadshedding this week given the constrained state of the system. Despite our best efforts we have to implement loadshedding this evening.
The Emergency Command Response Centre is working closely with recovery teams to return units from planned and unplanned maintenance
A concerted collective effort to reduce demand can help lessen the level of loadshedding. And as such, we strongly urge customers to assist by helping to reduce demand by using electricity sparingly.
Switch off air-conditioners or set at an average temperature of 23C
Switch off your geysers
Use the cold water tap rather than using the geyser every time
Set your swimming pool pump cycle to run twice a day, three hours at a time for optimal energy use.
At the end of the day, turn off computers, copiers, printers and fax machines at the switch. Avoid stand-by or sleep mode.
Customers are advised to check their loadshedding schedules on the Eskom or municipal website.
Eskom will provide regular updates on the status of the power system through all media platforms. We apologise for the inconvenience.