Check your schedules, Eskom warns it may have to implement loadshedding

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With the mercury barely able to make it into double digits in some parts of the country today, Eskom has issued a warning worth heeding.

That warning is that if there is any more loss in generating capacity, loadshedding will have to be implemented.

“The system is currently severely constrained, and it is anticipated that towards the evening peak, the system will come under additional pressure due to high demand for electricity,” Eskom said in a power alert on Thursday afternoon.

As such, the utility has requested the public reduce their electricity usage in order to ease pressure on the system between 16:00 and 21:00.

“Breakdowns currently total 12 984MW while planned maintenance is 2924MW of capacity. Any further significant loss of capacity will force Eskom to implement loadshedding in order to protect the integrity of the system,” the utility added.

Given Eskom’s trend where it announces loadshedding at a moment’s notice we highly recommend that our readers check their loadshedding schedules in anticipation of loadshedding. The weather isn’t getting warmer and we suspect that demand on the grid is only going to grow as the day wears on.

To find your schedule visit the Eskom website or alternatively download the EskomSePush app for iOS or Android.

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.