Load shedding update

Stage 2 rotational load-shedding will be implemented from 8 am – 10 pm today, 14 February.

Eskom says due to some improvement in generation performance and the notable strides made in replenishing water and diesel reserves, stage 2 load shedding will be implemented (and not stage 3 or 4),  Eskom announced early just before midnight yesterday.

“While losing three units totaling 823MW, one unit of 600MW was successfully returned to service today as planned. While there has been some improvement, the power system continues to remain vulnerable. Should Eskom experience significant unplanned generator trips, this could impact the magnitude and risk of load shedding.”

While Eskom was concerned about the risk to our operations as a result of yesterday’s planned national strike action by COSATU, Eskom said none of its operations were affected.

“We continue to appeal to residents and businesses to use electricity sparingly during this period,” Eskom says. “Please switch off geysers as well as all non-essential lighting and electricity appliances to assist in reducing demand.”

Different areas experience different times of load shedding. Please ensure you have the latest schedule, available from Eskom’s website: http://loadshedding.eskom.co.za) Eskom customers can also contact the Eskom help desk or customer contact centre at 0860 037 566.

Eskom will continue to provide regular updates about the state of the power system through various media platforms.

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