Eskom moves from stage one to stage two load-shedding

Posted On Thursday, 05 February 2015 13:38 Published by
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Eskom has today implemented stage two load-shedding due to a shortage of generation capacity.

Tshediso Matona Eskom

"Eskom will implement stage two load-shedding from 8am today, which is likely to continue until 11pm. This is due to a shortage of generation capacity as several units are currently on unplanned outages due to technical faults," it said on Thursday morning.

Eskom moved from stage one to stage two load-shedding on Wednesday.
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.

The power utility said the system remains severely constrained and will remain so for the rest of this week.

"We therefore urge all electricity customers to reduce their consumption in order to reduce the severity of load shedding."

The utility 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 on standby mode after hours.

Eskom customers can check load-shedding schedules on the Eskom website (http://loadshedding.eskom.co.za) or contact its customer call centre on 0860 037 566. Municipal customers are urged to contact their local authorities

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