SA Power Crisis: Increased Risk of Loadshedding This Evening

There is an increased risk of loadshedding from 2pm to 10pm today, says Eskom.

A woman carries firewood on her head as she walks below Eskom’s elecricity pylons in Soweto, South Africa, August 8, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo

“Eskom regrets that there is an increased risk of Stage 1 rotational loadshedding from 2pm until 10pm today as a result of a shortage of generating capacity.

“The loadshedding risk remains high for today and tomorrow, and will continue over the weekend as there is a need to replenish emergency reserves (water and diesel) to limit the possibility and magnitude of loadshedding in the following week,” said the power utility on Thursday.

It said while the risk remains high, loadshedding will only be implemented if absolutely necessary.

Loadshedding is a controlled measure which protects the power system from a total collapse or blackout.

“Customers are encouraged to continue to use electricity sparingly. Please switch off geysers, pool pumps as well as all non-essential lighting and electric appliances to assist in reducing demand,” said Eskom.

Customers have been advised to keep checking their loadshedding schedules on the Eskom and their municipal website, and plan on the assumption that loadshedding will take place.

These schedules are available on