Possibility of load-shedding on Thursday afternoon‚ Eskom warns

28 February 2019 - 15:50
By Ernest Mabuza
Stage 1 load-shedding likely.
Image: ESA ALEXANDER / Sunday Times Stage 1 load-shedding likely.

Eskom said there was a risk of stage 1 load-shedding from 2pm to 10pm on Thursday.

The power utility said the load-shedding was as a result of a shortage of generating capacity.

On Wednesday evening‚ Eskom warned that the power system remained tight and said it was possible that it could lose additional power-generating units.

On Wednesday evening‚ it requested customers to use electricity sparingly.

Eskom said load-shedding was done countrywide as a controlled option to respond to unplanned events to protect the electricity power system from a total blackout.

Stage 1 allows for up to 1‚000MW of the national load to be shed.

"While the risk remains high‚ load-shedding will only be implemented if absolutely necessary. We remind customers that load-shedding is a controlled measure which protects the power system from a total collapse or blackout‚" Eskom said in a statement.

Eskom encouraged customers to continue to use electricity sparingly.

"Please switch off geysers‚ pool pumps as well as all nonessential lighting and electric appliances to assist in reducing demand."

- TMG Digital