Eskom warned today of a “severely constrained” power system due to the unavailability of some of its generating units.
“The power system is severely constrained today due to the unavailability of some of our generating units, and Eskom calls on consumers to urgently switch off electrical heaters, geysers, pool pumps and all non-essential appliances. We require voluntary savings of at least 10% in order to manage demand,” the utility said in a statement.
The parastatal said it had noted rising demand, especially during peak hours as the cold weather sets in.
While it was taking all the necessary steps available to keep the lights on, it required partnership with customers to ensure that electricity usage is reduced.
“We are on track in terms of our planned maintenance schedule and have begun scaling it down to prepare for winter, while also managing unplanned outages that add more pressure on an already tight system.”
Eskom will use all necessary emergency resources at its disposal, but should the demand not decrease, load shedding will be implemented as a last resort to protect the national grid from a total shutdown.
In the event that load shedding becomes necessary, Eskom will use the published load shedding schedules, which are available on the Eskom website (www.loadshedding.eskom.co.za) for its customers. Municipal customers were being encouraged to consult their respective municipalities for their schedules.
Eskom customers can also contact the customer call centre on 0860 037 566.
The utility will provide regular updates on the status of the power system through various media platforms throughout the day.
Editor: Maybe THIS is the reason why our Metro is removing illegal electricity connections in Walmer leading to Walmer residents protesting by toyi toying, burning shops and tyres!
Could my comments here – Strangely Enough I Find Myself Sympathising With Walmer Township Protesters – yesterday be related?
Illegal electricity cables being removed in Walmer. pic.twitter.com/b5sP7cBfM1
— AngelaDaniels (@AngelaGillham) May 15, 2014
Protests in Walmer Township, Port Elizabeth … because illegal electricity connections were disconnected … http://t.co/Ym8tjPwNmP
— Michele Mann (@MicheleMichMann) May 15, 2014
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Protesters in Walmer Township set fire to a car wash after illegal electricity connections were disconnected. pic.twitter.com/QTKwMOt7De
— The Herald PE (@HeraldPE) May 15, 2014
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