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No loadshedding is expected today, but system remains vulnerable
Wednesday, 26 February 2020: Eskom does not expect to implement rotational loadshedding today. Emergency reserves are at adequate levels. Additional generation units have returned to service this morning, increasing the generation capacity and alleviating the need for loadshedding. However, as the system remains constrained, vulnerable and unpredictable, we request customers to continue using electricity sparingly to help curb demand.
Unplanned outages or breakdowns were at 11 707MW as at 06:40 this morning while planned maintenance is 4 552MW.
Eskom reminds South Africans that 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.
We request customers to continue to use electricity sparingly and to assist us in reducing demand:
  • 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
  • At the end of the day, turn off computers, copiers, printers and fax machines at the witch.
We appeal to customers to revisit their loadshedding schedules on the Eskom ( or local municipal websites, depending on their electricity supplier, to review amendments.