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Stage 2 rotational loadshedding will continue until 06:00, with no suspension at 16:00 today
Tuesday, 4 February 2020: Further to the Power Alert sent earlier today, Eskom will continue implementing Stage 2 loadshedding throughout this afternoon. Due to higher than projected demand, and because some generating units were not able to return to service as expected, there will be no respite in loadshedding during the peak traffic hours of Tuesday afternoon.
Eskom is already utilising emergency reserves to supplement capacity. Unplanned outages or breakdowns were at 11 770 MW as at 13:30 this afternoon, in addition to generating units that are currently out on planned maintenance. Critical maintenance is being done to units that are currently on planned outages, as well as some of those on unplanned outages to ensure timeous return to service. 
Suspending loadshedding during the peak traffic hours is a pilot programme to minimise the impact of loadshedding on the commuting public. Eskom has previously communicated that any risk based on the available capacity and emergency reserves would determine whether or not we are able to implement the suspension of loadshedding during peak traffic hours.
Stage 2 remains in effect until Thursday at 06:00.
We regret that loadshedding has a negative impact on South Africa.
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 website ( or on local municipal websites, depending on their electricity supplier, to review amendments.