Johannesburg – There will be a high risk of Stage 1 load shedding on Thursday evening from 5pm-10pm, Eskom announced.
The power utility explained that this is a result of a shortage of capacity due to the loss of generating units at its power stations but added that the load shedding would be implemented only “if absolutely necessary”.
“The Winter Plan shared on April 3 2019 indicated that Eskom expects to implement 26 days of Stage 1 loadshedding during the winter period, depending on the level of unplanned breakdowns.
“Based on the Winter Plan, Eskom has successfully managed to go through 5 days without load shedding, where Stage 1 load shedding would have been implemented.
The power utility further added: We continue to encourage residents and businesses to use electricity smartly and sparingly during this period to beat the winter peak.
“By rallying together we can contribute to a saving of up to 500MW, which is equivalent of 1 unit at a power station. Please switch off geysers as well as all non-essential lighting and electricity appliances to assist in reducing demand”.
Customers are advised to keep checking their load shedding schedules on the Eskom or municipal website, and plan on the assumption that load shedding will take place.