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No loadshedding is expected today, but the possibility remains

Tuesday, 03 March 2020: Eskom does not expect to implement rotational loadshedding today, however, there is a possibility that we may have to implement loadshedding as we had a high number of unplanned breakdowns. We are currently utilising emergency generation reserves to supplement supply. The generation system remains constrained, vulnerable and unpredictable. Loadshedding could be implemented at short notice if there is any negative change in the generation system performance.

Unplanned breakdowns or outages were at 12 255MW as at 07:25 this morning and planned maintenance outages are at 3 673MW.

We remind South Africans that there is a possibility of increased loadshedding 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 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.