State power utility Eskom announced that Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented from 4pm until 10pm today, and it doesn’t bode well for the rest of the week.
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) April 13, 2015
“The electricity supply system remains very vulnerable due to a shortage of generation capacity as several units are currently out of service due to planned and unplanned outages. Eskom would like to assure customers that load shedding is implemented as a necessary measure to protect the power system,” Eskom said in a media statement.
Loadshedding is nothing new by any stretch of the imagination, but if Eskom releases a media statement to go along with the loadshedding announcement, it means serious business. Starting the week off with loadshedding is never a good thing…
It warned that the slightest change to the already-vulnerable system could push loadshedding into the top Stage 3 tier, which will see users getting cut off more often for longer periods.
“Eskom calls on all customers to reduce the load on the electricity grid by urgently switching off geysers, air conditioners, pool pumps and all non-essential appliances throughout the day, which will reduce electricity demand,” it asked.
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