No load shedding this week

2014-12-01 09:41

After a weekend of blackouts South Africans will be relieved to hear that there are no scheduled power cuts for this week.

“[The] system will be tight but no load shedding is planned at this stage,” Eskom spokesperson Andrew Etzinger said today.

“We are starting the week in a good position as we were able to replenish our emergency reserves over the weekend,” he said.

The power utility urged consumers to use electricity sparingly.

It encouraged consumers to switch off geysers, air conditioners, pool pumps, and all nonessential appliances throughout the day to alleviate pressure on the system and limit the need for rotational load-shedding.

Last month, a coal storage silo at Majuba Power Station in Mpumalanga collapsed, resulting in widespread power cuts.

The silo held more than 10 000 tons of coal and affected coal supplies to all six units at the power station.

Maintenance at the hydroelectric facility Cahora Bassa in Mozambique also had an impact on power supply.

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