Friday, Stage 2 loadshedding was terminated at 05:00 this morning. While the system remains extremely constrained and vulnerable, the overnight loadshedding assisted with partial recovery of our emergency resources to enable us to get through the morning. We will need to continue to replenish both our water levels at pumped storage schemes and diesel for our open cycle gas turbines over the weekend in order to place us in a better position to stabilise for the week ahead.
Our objective remains not to implement loadshedding during the day today, however given the unplanned breakdowns that are still above 10 500 MW and the need to continue to replenish emergency reserves, the probability of loadshedding remains high for the latter part of the day but will only be implemented if absolutely necessary. Eskom will communicate an update later today.
Eskom's technical teams are working tirelessly to return units from planned and unplanned maintenance and to replenish emergency reserves.
A concerted collective effort to reduce demand can further help to lessen the level of loadshedding. And as such, we strongly urge customers to assist by helping to reduce demand by using electricity sparingly.
Set air-conditioners' average temperature at 23�C
Switch off your geysers over peak periods
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 websites.
We remind customers that loadshedding is conducted rotationally as a measure of last resort to protect the power system from a total collapse or blackout.