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No loadshedding is expected today, however the system remains constrained and vulnerable and any shift could lead to loadshedding at short notice
Saturday, 09 November 2019: While the system remains extremely constrained and vulnerable, the objective remains not to implement loadshedding today and tomorrow. However, given that unplanned breakdowns  is now above 10 500 MW and the need to continue to replenish emergency reserves, the probability of loadshedding remains, but will only be implemented if absolutely necessary.
 
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 pumped storage schemes, could result in loadshedding at short notice.
 
As communicated in the Summer Plan on 4 of September 2019, unplanned breakdowns above 9 500 MW require the use of emergency resources at a high rate and they increase the probability of loadshedding if the supply constraints are sustained for a long duration
 
Eskom’s technical teams are working tirelessly to return units from planned and unplanned maintenance and to replenish emergency reserves.
 
A concerted collective effort to reduce demand can further help to lessen the level of loadshedding. And as such, we strongly urge customers to assist by helping to reduce demand by using electricity sparingly.
       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 remind customers that loadshedding is conducted rotationally as a measure of last resort to protect the power system from a total collapse or blackout.
 
 
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