Eskom stops load shedding, for now
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – ESKOM, the South African power utility, said it had stopped load shedding on Thursday evening but did not rule out the possibility of esorting to such measures to curb consumption.
“This being Eskom’s maintenance season, we expect the power grid to remain constrained for the rest of the summer.
“The electricity supply system remains very vulnerable for the rest of the week due to a shortage of generation capacity as several units are currently out of service due to planned and unplanned outages.
“Any unforeseen incident in the power system will thus trigger the implementation of load shedding on Thursday,” the company said in a statement.
It nonetheless apologised for the inconvenience to affected customers and thanked all electricity users for responding to our messages to save.
“Every little bit of saving counts in minimising the severity of load shedding,” it added.
Eskom called on all customers to reduce the load on the electricity grid by switching off geysers, air conditioners, pool pumps and all non-essential appliances throughout the day, which will reduce electricity demand.
South Africa has been battling power outages in recent months as demand outstrips supply.
This has been blamed on obsolete equipment and administrative bungling.
– CAJ News
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