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Stage 2 loadshedding continues over the weekend until Monday at 6:00
Saturday, 1 February 2020: Eskom is currently implementing Stage 2 rotational loadshedding and will continue until 6:00 on Monday owing to system constraints and our depleted emergency resources. We will use the weekend to replenish our dam levels for pumped storage schemes and diesel for open cycle gas turbines as they were used extensively during the week.
 
Our teams are working hard to reduce unplanned outages or breakdowns which were at 11 027 MW as at 06:15 this morning.  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 their timeous return to service. 
 
To assist us in reducing the stage of loadshedding, we appeal to customers to continue to use electricity sparingly:
  • Use the cold water tap rather than using the geyser every time
  • Only fill kettles with as much water as you need
  • Set air-conditioners’ average temperature at 23ºC
  • Turn off computers, copiers, printers at the switch and avoid standby or sleep mode
  • Switch off the lights and air-conditioners when you leave the office
  • Switch off your geysers over peak periods
  • Set your swimming pool pump cycle to run twice a day, three hours at a time for optimal energy use.
 
Customers are advised to check their loadshedding schedules on the Eskom (loadshedding.eskom.co.za) or municipal websites depending on who supplies them.
 
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