Eskom warns of a likelihood of load-shedding during the weekend. They mentioned a significant growth of possibilities followed by multiple-generation unit trips. On a statement released on Saturday, 07 March 2020, Eskom reported a loss of seven generation units at four power stations due to various technical faults.
The power stations include Duvha, Tutuka, Kriel, and Grootvlei. Eskom is investigating the cause of these incidents.
“This has caused additional strain on our reserve capacity. In order to rebuild our emergency reserves for the coming week, there is, therefore, an increased probability of implementing load-shedding tonight.”
“Unplanned breakdowns or outages at 11 868MW as at 10:50 this morning and planned maintenance outages are at 5 430 MW” added Eskom.
There hasn’t been any load-shedding implemented since 22 February 2020. Eskom continues to urge customers to use electricity sparingly.
- Take short morning shows and lessen the load during the morning peak
- Remove food from the freezer for dinner and put it in the fridge to thaw – in this case, you wouldn’t have to use the microwave to defrost it.
- Set air-conditioners’ average temperature at 23 Degrees C.
- Don’t leave cellphone chargers unplugged
- Switch off geysers over peak periods
- Use the cold tap water than the geyser every time
- Set swimming pool pump cycle to run twice a day, three hours at a time
- Turn off computers, copiers, printers and fax machines at the end of the day.