Eskom to load shed on Thursday

Eskom head office

Eskom head office

JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – ESKOM, the South African power utility, was scheduled to implement load shedding due to a shortage of generation capacity.

Eskom said this was a result of several units currently out of service due to planned and unplanned outages

Eskom would implement stage 2 load shedding from 1000hrs to continue until 2200hrs on Thursday (today).

“Stage 2 load shedding requires a reduction of about 2000MW – meaning that although certain areas will be without electricity for a certain period, about 93 percent of South Africans will still continue to receive full power supply at that time,” Eskom stated.

The power utility requested all South African customers to assist in managing demand by urgently switching off geysers, air conditioners, pool pumps and all non-essential appliances throughout the day, which will reduce electricity demand and thus alleviate pressure on the electricity grid.

“It should be noted that Eskom implements load shedding as a last resort to protect the national grid from a total shutdown.

“We utilise all necessary emergency resources at our disposal, but if demand does not decrease, we implement load shedding,” the company stated.

– CAJ News

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