Eskom: Avoid load shedding and use electricity sparingly

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CHRISTAL-LIZE MULLER

Eskom wants to avoid implementing rotational load shedding at all costs but electricity users need to come to the party too.  Eskom communication manager in the Free State, Adri Strydom, says the electricity supplier is calling on all consumers to switch off geysers, pool pumps and all non-essential appliances in the evenings from 6pm to 8pm. Strydom says the power system will remain constrained until the Medupi power station is up and running.

She says another problem is the fact that power stations have ageing network systems that must be maintained.

Eskom has also asked their key industrial customers to reduce their load by a minimum of 10%. She says they’re transitioning into a typical summer load profile and a period when maintenance is increased.