Our national electricity system is currently operating under constrained conditions and is in RED alert. This is due to a high number of technical problems being experienced on our ageing generation plant.
In order to manage the situation, Eskom needs the country’s support and assistance in reducing the demand of electricity to manageable levels over the next few weeks.
Eskom is currently using its emergency reserves such as gas and hydro power stations and buying back of power from large industrial customers to manage the system. A reduction in demand will allow Eskom the space to focus on critical supply issues, particularly plant maintenance, during this period.
Eskom cannot manage the demand without your support. It is critical that every electricity user switches all lights and appliances such as geysers, stoves, air-conditioners, swimming pool pumps during the evening peak period from 17:00 to 21:00. Every kilowatt hour saved during this period will assist our country to get through this difficult period.
“We remain committed to keeping the lights on. The electricity system has been tight for several years now and we have developed contingency plans for dealing with it, especially during particularly tight periods, such as we expect tonight. However, the rst step is for all electricity consumers to switch all electrical appliances that they do not absolutely require. We ask all consumers to do so during this period”, Eskom said in a statement.
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