Eskom load shedding update: almost a month without blackouts

Eskom has been able to supply the country’s electricity needs and do maintenance without implementing load shedding for the past 25 days, said the utility on Thursday.

“We are implementing our maintenance plan to increase the reliability of our plant, which will in turn increase our operating reserves and stabilise the grid,” Eskom said in a statement.

It does not anticipate that there will be a need to implement load shedding today as the power system is currently stable.

However, the system remains vulnerable, meaning that any extra load or faults in the system may necessitate the need to implement load shedding.

Eskom appealed to all its customers to continue to reduce their electricity usage throughout the day but to be aware of the need to save more during the peak periods from 6am to 10am and 5pm to 9pm.

Commercial customers, particularly shopping centres and office blocks, can also make a big difference by switching off non-essential lights and not leaving office equipment such as photocopiers and computers in standby mode after hours.

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