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Brace for possible black outs, warns Eskom

  • Jul 22, 2021
Cape Times

Cape Town - Eskom has announced another possible round of black-outs as the country continues to experience cold weather.

The struggling power utility urged the public to reduce the usage of electricity in order to help ease the pressure on the power system between 4pm and 9pm, saying the system was currently severely constrained, and that it is anticipated that towards the evening peak it will come under additional pressure due to high demand for electricity.

“Due to the severely cold weather in parts of the country, coupled with the loss of some generation capacity, Eskom would like to warn the public that it may be forced to implement load shedding at short notice should there be any further generation losses.

“Breakdowns currently total 12 984MW while planned maintenance is 2 924MW of capacity. Any further significant loss of capacity would force Eskom to implement load shedding in order to protect the integrity of the system. Eskom will communicate promptly should there be any significant changes to the performance of the system.”

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