Good news: Public holidays without load shedding

2008-04-25 00:00

Blow out the candles and pack away the gas cylinder. Shut down the generator and let there be light.

South Africans will no doubt be thrilled that they have been granted a temporary reprieve from load shedding, after Eskom yesterday announced that they will not be undertaking load shedding the whole of next week, Monday, April 28, to Sunday, May 4.

Eskom chief executive Jacob Maroga said this is because demand patterns are historically lower during public holiday periods.

He warned that evening peaks are “expected to be tight”, but said they do not anticipate having to load shed during the evening, unless additional problems on the system are experienced.

Load shedding will resume as normal on Monday, May 5.

Maroga said Eskom is working together with municipalities on initiatives to reduce the demand for electricity by the required 10% as soon as possible. “Municipalities who achieve this 10% reduction will be exempt from load shedding for as long as the 10% reduction is maintained.”

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