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Stage 2 rotational loadshedding until Thursday at 06:00, with respite during peak traffic periods in the morning and afternoon, when possible
Tuesday, 4 February 2020: Stage 2 loadshedding was terminated at 06:00 this morning and will resume at 09:00 today. The intent is to suspend loadshedding for two hours from 16:00 to 18:00 today, in an endeavor to ease traffic congestion, if possible. Eskom will communicate if there is a change.
 
Suspending loadshedding during the peak traffic hours is a pilot programme to minimise the impact of loadshedding. As this is not possible every day, it will be confirmed each day, dependent on the risk based on the available capacity and emergency reserves on the day.
 
Stage 2 remains in effect  until Thursday at 06:00,  with respite during early morning and evening traffic periods 06:00 to 09:00 and 16:00 to 18:00, when possible.
 
Unplanned outages or breakdowns were at 11 398MW as at 06:00 this morning. Loadshedding is necessary due to a shortage in capacity and to replenish emergency reserves during the week.  We will continue to monitor the system closely and will give periodic updates on the status of the power system as things may change at short notice.
 
We regret that loadshedding has a negative impact on South Africa.  Critical maintenance is being done to units on planned outages as well as some of those on unplanned outages to ensure timeous return to service. 
 
To assist us in reducing the stage of loadshedding, we appeal to customers to continue to use 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
 
We will keep South Africans informed about the status of the electricity system and our recovery efforts throughout this period.
 
We appeal to customers to revisit their loadshedding schedules on the Eskom (https://loadshedding.eskom.co.za) or local municipal websites, depending on their electricity supplier, to review new amendments.
 
 
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