Eskom Suspends Load Shedding Due to Good Generation Performance
Eskom, South Africa’s electricity public utility, has announced the suspension of load shedding until 16:00.
This decision is attributed to the continued good performance of the electricity generation fleet.
Eskom explained that there is sufficient generation capacity, including emergency reserves, and they anticipate the return of some units to service.
Furthermore, the utility expects lower demand over the weekend.
Eskom urged the public to play their part by switching off non-essential appliances, particularly geysers and pool pumps, to help reduce electricity demand.
This is especially important between 17:00 and 21:00.
Eskom, established in 1923 as the Electricity Supply Commission, is the largest producer of electricity in Africa and one of the top utilities globally in terms of generation capacity and sales.
It holds the distinction of being the largest state-owned enterprise in South Africa.
Eskom’s Power Stations
Eskom operates several significant power stations, including Matimba Power Stations and Medupi Power Station in Lephalale, Kusile Power Station in Witbank, Kendal Power Station in Mpumalanga, and Koeberg Nuclear Power Station in the Western Cape.
Koeberg Nuclear Power Station is notable as the only nuclear power plant in Africa.
Load Shedding Schedules in Cape Town
The City of Cape Town has made adjustments to its load shedding schedule following Eskom’s announcement.
As of the time of publishing, load shedding has been suspended in the City of Cape Town for Saturday, October 28.
Tips to Mitigate Load Shedding Risks
In light of potential load shedding, here are six practical tips to help mitigate risks:
- Surge Protection: Install surge protection devices to safeguard electronic equipment from power surges during outages.
- Alarm System: Ensure your alarm system is operational, including its backup battery, to provide security during load shedding.
- Emergency Lighting: Keep a torch or headlamp in your car to navigate during nighttime power outages.
- Emergency Contacts: Save essential emergency contact information on your phone and have a paper copy available.
- Charge Devices: Keep your cellphone, laptop, and tablet fully charged for essential communication and work.
- Gas for Cooking and Lighting: Consider using a small LP gas bottle and lamp for cooking, lighting, and hot water during outages.
For access to the Load Shedding Schedule in your area, you can refer to the load shedding site for updates.
Eskom’s decision to suspend load shedding is a positive development for South African residents and businesses.
The utility’s appeal for energy conservation highlights the importance of collective efforts to reduce electricity demand.
The information about Eskom’s power stations provides context about the scale of their operations.
Additionally, the load shedding tips offer practical advice for individuals to prepare for and cope with power outages, which can be a frequent challenge in South Africa.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn