Eskom issues electricity warning

2012-07-12 21:01

Johannesburg - South Africans need to use electricity more sparingly this week because the system is "tight", Eskom said on Thursday.

"The system is tight and customers are urged to switch off all non-essential appliances, particularly over the evening peak," it said in a system status bulletin.

"We urge all South Africans to partner with us to save 10% of their electricity usage, particularly during the... peak hours from 17:00 to 21:00."

It said a unit at the Koeberg nuclear power station in Cape Town was being returned to service after automatically shutting down on Wednesday because of an electrical fault.

"The reactor is in a safe and stable condition and there has been no interruption to power supply as a result of the shutdown."

Total demand on Thursday evening was forecast to reach 35 043 megawatts (MW).

Eskom had 35 514MW of capacity available, including from open cycle gas turbines.

Current planned maintenance accounted for 2 306MW. Unplanned outages affected 4 717MW.

On Wednesday, peak demand of 34 094MW was met, with an available capacity of 35 771MW.

On Tuesday, peak demand of 34 212MW was met, with an available capacity of 37 128MW.

Peak demand for the rest of the week was forecast to reach 33 634MW on Friday, 32 082MW on Saturday, 32 485MW on Sunday, 35 187MW on Monday, 35 087MW on Tuesday and 35 305MW on Wednesday.

  • max.reynecke - 2012-07-12 21:16

    So why is this our problem, we pay trough our necks for fools must deliver it.

      sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-07-12 21:30

      Whenever they start threatening electricity supply, you can be assured they are gearing up for another increase request. They are holding the whole country to randsom.

      fredster.mania.5 - 2012-07-13 07:00

      I say use alternative methods like gas and solar. I do, so put less in their pockets. Lets all start doing this...

      cathygradwell.naude - 2012-07-13 07:49

      Are they the only company in the world that actually wants us to NOT use their product?

      Aaron - 2012-07-13 10:39

      I can't understand why electricity usage would be too high given that there are no working street lights left in Joburg any more ...

  • heinrich.venter.9 - 2012-07-12 21:19

    Warning to Eskom : Fire your unskilled employees and re-instate skilled employees who did their jobs and knew what they were doing. Problem solved

      Amanda - 2012-07-13 03:55

      Maybe they need to spend another R36 million on staff morale?

      Aaron - 2012-07-13 10:02

      I was at Eskom HO a few days ago on business. If that place is still capable of generating so much as a kilowatt in ten years I'll be very surprised.

      luvhani.mphagi - 2012-07-13 11:30

      Heinrich stop hallucinating and acting like you know it all. 80% of Eskom's staff are people who has been with Eskom for atlist 10 years, so get you facts right and stop talking nonsense...

      heinrich.venter.9 - 2012-07-13 17:51

      Luvhani, the 80% you are talking about have been there for a long time cos they are the basic workforce,I'm not generalising here.. I'm talking about the unskilled management that walk into those offices each day pretending they know what they are doing but realy just cutting corners to put money into their own pockets instead of showing some leadership to that 80%...or don't you think that Management counts under employees? Unfortunately Luvhani, even a few rotten apples can make the whole basket smell bad. So if you work at Eskom and aren't guilty of anything then it's up to you to change this don't you think? Change starts with you...not this government of ours caught up in greed.They are only digging their own graves...

  • Steven Trollip - 2012-07-12 21:22

    Sorry to hear of your sh@t.Preorotise a bit !!!!!

  • Vince.York - 2012-07-12 21:22

    Chancellor House et al :: Medupi deals :: Hitachi :: coalfield , rigged Coega aluminum and other iron ore zuma dynasty deals::looming 75% increases in elec bills WILL LOOK AFTER YOU AND KEEP YOU WARM.......>>>> VIVA spears travelling the world in fur coats where citizens truly matter.

      sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-07-12 21:43

      haha @ Vince warm - not, hot under the collar - most assuredly!

  • Billy - 2012-07-12 21:23

    save electricity! so we can have 36 million rand parties!! why are street lights on during the day? how about allowing people to generate their own electricity and sell it back to you, like its done in some other countries.

  • grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-07-12 21:24

    Shame Eskom... Are we affecting your party budgets trying to keep warm???

  • jimzimbo - 2012-07-12 21:24

    This is the same Eskom that spent 36million rand on "fun days" for their employees???

  • PaulGBoyd1 - 2012-07-12 21:25

    I quote "We urge all South Africans to partner with us to save 10% of their electricity usage, particularly during the... peak hours from 17:00 to 21:00." Great idea! Now you come to the party Mr.Eskom and tell that to your overpaid employees to take a 10% cut in salaries as well! Get the new power stations online (one year late already) the paying public have paid the price already!

      Aaron - 2012-07-13 10:07

      The majority of their employees are not overpaid, in fact they've been limited to tiny increases. The managers are another story, though, earning million+ Rand packages while clearly having not a clue. This is completely demoralizing to the majority of the staff there.

  • - 2012-07-12 21:28

    Open Invitation to All South Africans: You are all cordially invited to the next R35mio 'bonding' party at Eskom HQ. Bring your own 'cutlery' and if possible pick the biggest knife at home. A garden fork is OK and a shovel or spade can be handy. Party dates to follow soon.

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-07-12 21:33

    F*** You! I pay for my electricity. Don't tell me how I must use my electrcity. Did I tell u idiots to waste millions on damn parties?!

  • marina.poniatowska - 2012-07-12 21:33

    That will teach the public for being outraged about the family days - we'll just stop supplying electricity...

  • ferreira.charmaine - 2012-07-12 21:41

    Thanks news24 for deleting my post! I will say it again. My ass is tight! I pay so Eskom you deliver. Finished and klaar! Now delete this one too!

      Billy - 2012-07-13 01:04

      ive come to think the moderater(s) of this site cannot handle the job at hand, too much for them i think, as in work load, so they just delete instead moderating properly

      fussed.anderson - 2012-07-13 05:18

      @ Billy, They never went to school, no education, a bunch of morons that dont know how to read. Can only be eskom's left overs that they dont want

  • malusi.shumane.7 - 2012-07-12 21:44

    Mxm they spend money partyng then they xpct d poor 2 b responsible m nt gng 2 do dt s**t. M tired of corruption

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-13 07:47

      Malusi, you can help to put a stop to it. Just put your vote in the right place, where it will be treated with the respect it deserves!

  • sheik.mohammad.378 - 2012-07-12 21:49

    If it were not for the previous Government building the present network,we would be using candles right now. Present government can't even fill a pothole.

      rory.hewitt2 - 2012-07-13 08:08

      100% correct!

  • valcooperRSA - 2012-07-12 21:57

    Stuff eskom.........I pay for what I use....I don't steal millions of squatters steal it....I have it I will use much as I want.....put that in your power tube and smoke it

  • Gerthard Coetzer - 2012-07-12 22:04

    In that case, you will only get paid 90% of my monthly bill!

  • leppie - 2012-07-12 22:08

    I guess this why the street lights are on during the day...

  • brian.bogus.9 - 2012-07-12 22:09

    F.U Eskom!

  • fiona.e.kuhn - 2012-07-12 22:11

    how about NO you freak geeky bastards..if u can spend R36m on parties.u sure can provide for the electricty i pay good money for!

  • RoryKlein - 2012-07-12 22:13

    I prepay for my electricity so I wil use it as I need it. Dont tell me how to use something I have already paid for. I dont get the luxury of getting to tell you how to spend the money you have made off of us. Thanks for the over priced electricy that I have to get permission to use even though I have paid for it.

      Nel - 2012-07-12 22:16

      SĂȘ hom!!

      mariusenlouise.purcell1 - 2012-07-12 22:29

      Yes I agree, we pay. If you pay no one can come and tell us this s......t

      Allan - 2012-07-13 08:38

      ESKOM should not be allowed to sell prepaid electricity as how can you sell something that you don't have?

  • ian.d.samson - 2012-07-12 22:14

    Eskom can switch off buildings where lights & airconditioners are left on 24/7 and leave domestic homes alone; after all, we pay much more for our electricity than BHP Billiton does!

      Billy - 2012-07-13 01:07

      i really really agree with this, the same goes for neon lighting and advertishing after a certain time at night or early morning in specific areas. they should be turned off.

  • Theo Ferreira - 2012-07-12 22:14

    In Houston, TX it was fairly warm for a few weeks running in June. They set a new record for demand, roughly 65,000 MW. Thats Texas, not USA. Maybe the last nuclear plant in Koeberg (building started in 1976 ...) should have been complemented with another around 1995 or so. Oh well, we know who took over planning at that point in time. 1976 is a long long time ago..

      Aaron - 2012-07-13 10:09

      @Clinton Funny how "global warming" has become "global climate change", now that it's clear that the planet has been on a global cooling trend since 1998 and that the Northern hemisphere has had several record cold winters in a row.

  • tebogo.makaneta - 2012-07-12 22:29

    Why do we have to use electricity sparingly,are you feeling sorry for people who are paying their electricity bills? Or is it a scheme to make more money for your parties. Why don't you do it like other companies that give performance bonuses to the deserving employees? Now that's a positive reinforcement to me. What is wrong with our country people?

  • NPDeKlerk - 2012-07-12 22:35

    The only reason they got this -"On Wednesday, peak demand of 34 094MW was met, with an available capacity of 35 771MW." Was because of load shedding, half of Witbank was under load shedding the whole of yesterday, as we speak the generator is running, They are F'ing us around

      Aaron - 2012-07-13 11:33

      No Clifford, it will forever be Witbank, regardless of whatever made up half-baked "revolutionary" names you come up with. You can't rename the whole map overnight and expect everyone to know what's going on anyway.

  • gerda.vanrooyen.39 - 2012-07-12 23:54

    WTH.... I can't save more than I'm already doing!!! If Eskom can spend millions(!!!!!) of rands on parties, why must we suffer! Get a life and give us what we are paying for!

  • visko.vandermerwe - 2012-07-13 00:03

    I've just NEVER seen a power "cut" in 4 years since I immigrated to Australia. I remember what it was like back in SA....

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  • Beckie Knight - 2012-07-13 05:08

    Eskom needs to use its MONEY SPARINGLY and not spend R36 MILLION on staff parties!! THEN, maybe we, the ones who pay for their parties, will "use electricity more sparingly." WHAT a cheek!!!

  • freddy.vanwijk - 2012-07-13 05:47

    Why don't we all eat refried beans and produce power that way? Eskom's morale must be at an all time low. I suppose they require another R36 million for family parties.

  • Jane Mdakane - 2012-07-13 06:15

    I second that Freddy....well said!!!!!!!!!!

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-07-13 06:37

    Throw another party you bunch of useless fat f**ks

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2012-07-13 06:40

    Only in SA. Eskom. The only business where it tells its customers to use less. What a disgrace they & their anc puppet masters are.

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  • Narwahl - 2012-07-13 06:46

    So why must we worry- we pay for it why shouldnt we use it....think before you spend another R36m next time on staff that dont perform duty wise.

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-07-13 07:29

    If you can't do your job take ur jacket and ur lunchbox , Go home. Get some one competent to do it.

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