Suspension of Load Shedding
Eskom, the South African power utility, has announced the suspension of load shedding on Wednesday.
Despite facing constraints in the generation fleet, emergency reserves are deemed adequate.
Consequently, load shedding will continue to be suspended until 16:00 on Thursday.
Subsequently, Stage 1 load shedding will be implemented from Thursday at 16:00 until 05:00 on Friday.
A Plea for Public Cooperation
Eskom is appealing to the public to reduce electricity demand between 17:00 and 21:00 by switching off geysers and pool pumps.
This effort aims to alleviate pressure on the power system and maintain the suspension of load shedding.
Eskom has assured that it will communicate any significant changes to the schedule should they occur.
Practical Tips for Managing Load Shedding
As load shedding remains a concern, here are some practical tips to mitigate its impact:
Surge Protection: Install surge protection devices to safeguard electronic equipment during power outages.
These devices can be placed at the electrical distribution board or power outlets.
Alarm System: Ensure that your home alarm system is in working order and equipped with a functional backup battery to provide security during load shedding.
Emergency Contacts: Save emergency contact information on your phone and keep a paper copy that includes contacts for emergency services, friends, family, and insurance information.
Charge Devices: Keep your cellphone, laptop, and tablet fully charged before scheduled blackouts.
Consider having an emergency phone charger or power bank available.
Gas for Cooking and Lighting: Prepare for cooking and lighting during power outages by having a small LP gas bottle and lamp.
It’s useful for cooking, boiling water, and providing lighting for a large area.
Hot Water Preparation: Keep hot water in a thermal flask for making hot drinks during load shedding.
Additionally, consider preparing meals in advance if you know a scheduled blackout is approaching.
As Eskom manages load shedding schedules, public cooperation and preparedness can help mitigate the inconveniences caused by power outages.
It’s essential to follow guidelines and reduce electricity consumption during peak hours to maintain the suspension of load shedding.