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Stage 2 rotational loadshedding will continue tomorrow
Wednesday, 16 October 2019: Earlier this morning we advised South Africans that the electricity system had become so severely constrained that it necessitated us implementing stage 2 rotational loadshedding. We are still experiencing severe generation capacity challenges and as a result will continue loadshedding until 23:00 today.
 
Eskom Acting Group Chief Executive, Mr Jabu Mabuza says: “We understand the inconvenience that comes with loadshedding and want to assure our customers and South Africans at large that our objective is not to implement loadshedding; if necessary, to do so at minimal levels and with as much predictability as possible.”
 
As indicated in an earlier statement, loadshedding is being implemented as a measure of last resort, as unplanned breakdowns are currently above 10 500 MW, impacting our ability to meet the current demand. We wish to assure South Africans that we continue to double our efforts in order to restore secure energy supply. The Eskom Emergency Command Centre has been activated and the recovery is now in progress. Some generating units have already returned to service and we are expecting more units to return to service over the next few days. Contingency measures have been put in place to manually feed coal to Medupi whilst we look into a permanent solution to the coal conveyor belt failure at the station. We have started receiving additional diesel supplies from the major oil service providers and as such we are comfortable that we can build the necessary diesel and water reserves to acceptable levels over the weekend.
 
“In order to protect the power system from a total collapse or blackout and having taken into account all the recovery efforts currently being implemented, our prognosis for tomorrow (Thursday) is that stage 2 rotational loadshedding will be implemented from 09:00 to 23:00. This requires that a total of 2000 MW be loadshed throughout the country. We are hopeful that the early warning will assist businesses, including the Department of Education to plan accordingly and to minimize individual risk,” says Mabuza. 
 
Eskom regrets and sincerely apologises to our customers and South Africans, particularly to our matriculants, for the inconvenience. We will keep South Africans informed about the status and our recovery efforts throughout this period.
 
We continue to appeal to residents and businesses to use electricity sparingly throughout the day:
  • Set air-conditioners’ average temperature at 23ºC
  • Switch of 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 website. 
 
 Eskom customers can check their loadshedding schedules on the Eskom website (loadshedding.eskom.co.za) or through the customer contact centre on 0860037566.
 
 
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