The power utility announced that there is a high risk of rotational load shedding on Thursday, 11 April 2019, from 17:00, but it would only be implemented if necessary.
Just as South Africans were easing into days without load shedding and anticipating a warm winter, Eskom announced that there was a high risk of rotational load shedding to be implemented.
“There is a high risk of rotational load shedding today from 17:00 to 22:00 but will only be implemented if absolutely necessary. This is as a result of a shortage of capacity due to the loss of generating units at our power stations,” the statement read.
The statement made reference to earlier announcements of the power utility’s Winter Plan, although President Cyril Ramaphosa and Public Enterprise Minister Pravin Gordhan had said the plan would be in effect as from May 2019.
“The Winter Plan shared on 3 April 2019 indicated that Eskom expects to implement 26 days of Stage 1 load shedding during the winter period, depending on the level of unplanned breakdowns. Based on the Winter Plan, Eskom has successfully managed to go through five days without load shedding, where Stage 1 load shedding would have been implemented.”
The power utility encouraged smart use of electricity by switching off non-essential power appliances.
“We continue to encourage residents and businesses to use electricity smartly and sparingly during this period to beat the winter peak. By rallying together, we can contribute to saving up to 500 megawatts, which is equivalent to 1 unit at a power station. Please switch off geysers as well as non-essential lighting and electricity appliances to assist in reducing demand.”
South Africans are advised to regularly check their load shedding schedules and plan around them.