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No loadshedding expected today, but the possibility of loadshedding has increased
Wednesday, 19 February 2020: While Eskom is not currently implementing loadshedding, the possibility of loadshedding later today has increased as we have lost additional generation capacity due to unplanned breakdowns. We remind customers that the system remains vulnerable and that loadshedding can be implemented at short notice if there are any additional changes in the system performance. Eskom will communicate regularly.
Unplanned outages or breakdowns were at 11 249MW as at 05:45 this morning while planned maintenance is at 4 573MW. Emergency reserves are at adequate levels.
Eskom requests customers to continue to reduce demand and to use electricity sparingly during this period. There is a possibility of increased loadshedding over the next 18 months as we are conducting critical maintenance to restore the ageing plant to good health.
Please assist us in reducing demand by using electricity sparingly:
  • Install a timer on your geyser
  • Reduce the temperature of your geyser to 55ºC or less
  • Take short showers instead of filling up a bath tub with hot water
  • Only boil the amount of water you need
  • Switch off your geysers over peak periods
  • Always match the pot to the size of the stove plate
  • Set air-conditioners’ average temperature at 23ºC
  • 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
  • At the end of the day, turn off computers, copiers, printers and fax machines at the Switch
We appeal to customers to revisit their loadshedding schedules on the Eskom ( or local municipal websites, depending on their electricity supplier, to review amendments.