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No loadshedding is expected today, but the possibility of loadshedding remains high
Monday, 16 March 2020: No loadshedding is expected today, but the power generation system remains constrained and vulnerable. We are utilising emergency generation reserves to supplement supply during peak hours. The possibility that loadshedding may be implemented at short notice remains high should the system performance deteriorate.
Unplanned breakdowns or outages were at 10 037MW as at 09:10 this morning and planned maintenance outages are at 6 134MW.
It is only through partnership between Eskom and all stakeholders that we may soon emerge from these difficult times. We urge every South African to co-operate in managing electricity consumption with care to help us minimise loadshedding. We thank you for your co-operation and understanding so far.
We request customers to continue to use electricity sparingly and to assist us in reducing demand:
• Keep your morning shower short to lessen the load during morning peak
• Take food out of the freezer for dinner and put it in the fridge to thaw. It’ll save you using the microwave to defrost it later
• Set air-conditioners’ average temperature at 23ºC
• Switch off your geysers over peak periods
• Unplug that cell phone charger before you leave the house. It uses electricity even if your phone is not plugged in
• 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.