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No loadshedding is expected today
Thursday, 05 March 2020: Even though the generation system remains constrained, Eskom does not expect to implement loadshedding today. Unplanned breakdowns have dropped to just over 10 000MW, helping to boost available generation capacity. However, we remind South Africans that the generation system remains vulnerable and unpredictable, and as such, there is a possibility that we may have to implement loadshedding at short notice should there be an undesirable change in the generation system performance.
Unplanned breakdowns or outages were at 10 089MW as at 06:50 this morning and planned maintenance outages are at 4 865MW.
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:
• 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.