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The system remains constrained and vulnerable but no loadshedding is expected this evening
Wednesday, 6 November 2019: The power system continues to remain severely constrained and vulnerable and no loadshedding is expected this evening.  The possibility of loadshedding remains, but the likelihood is low for tomorrow.
 
We remind customers that any unexpected shift, such as additional unplanned breakdowns or the unavailability of diesel for our open cycle gas turbines or water levels at our pumped storage schemes, could result in loadshedding at short notice. 
 
The Emergency Response Command Centre will continue to monitor the system and to implement contingencies to avoid and/or minimise loadshedding this week. Concerted effort is being made to return units from planned and unplanned breakdowns and to replenish emergency reserves.
 
As communicated in the Summer Plan on 4th of September 2019, unplanned breakdowns above 9 500 MW require the use of emergency resources and increases the probability of loadshedding if the supply constraints are sustained for a long duration.
 
We continue to appeal to customers to continue to use electricity sparingly throughout the day.
  • Set air-conditioners’ average temperature at 23ºC
  • Switch off your geysers over peak periods
  • Use the cold water tap rather than using the geyser every time
  • Set your swimming pool pump cycle to run twice a day, three hours at a time for optimal energy use.
  • At the end of the day, turn off computers, copiers, printers and fax machines at the switch. Avoid stand-by or sleep mode.
 
Customers are advised to check their loadshedding schedules on the Eskom or municipal websites. 
 
We will continue to keep South Africans informed about the status of the electricity system and our recovery efforts.
  
 
    
ENDS