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The system remains very constrained today
Wednesday, 06 November 2019: The power system remains severely constrained this morning with unplanned breakdowns above 12 000 MW.  While some generation units have returned from planned and unplanned maintenance, these are not sufficient to meet the current demand. Eskom has since Monday, increased its usage of its pumped storage and diesel generators to keep the lights on. The extensive use has led to a decline in the pumped storage water and diesel levels and a concerted effort is being made to replenish these reserves.
Eskom’s Emergency Response Command Centre continues to monitor the system and has implemented contingencies to supplement emergency reserves in order to avoid and/or if unavoidable, minimize loadshedding. The probability of loadshedding remains and any shift on the system 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 (diesel and pumped water storage generators) and they increase the probability of loadshedding if the supply constraints are sustained for a long duration.
Eskom will provide an update later today.
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 website.