On Monday Eskom released a statement explaining that the system is still under a lot of pressure, and is urging customers to use electricity wisely.

Following urgent maintenance on the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric plant in Mozambique on Sunday, Eskom technicians are working overtime to ensure that they do not have to schedule rotational load shedding this week.

As mentioned in a statement last week, the weekend was used to build up reserves of water and gas to see the plants through the week. Eskom cannot guarantee that the built up reserves will last, it is all dependent on how they are run. This is a call to consumers to be aware of their energy consumption and use it efficiently.

Mr Tshediso Matona, CEO of Eskom said that the load shedding over the weekend improved conditions significantly:

‘The sacrifice that South Africans made over the weekend has not been in vain. Three units (Majuba 6, Drakensburg 1 and Lethabo 5) that were out of service due to technical problems were repaired over the weekend giving back much-needed megawatts into the system…

Diesel supplies have recovered significantly while our dam levels were at full capacity this morning. Imports from Cahora Bassa were fully restored to 1 530 MW by Monday morning. This puts the electricity system at a much better state to face the week ahead…

We sincerely thank the public for their support and understanding as we go through this challenging period of a severely constrained power system’, he said on Monday in a statement.

Summer action plan- ‘Living Lightly’

Eskom’s motto for the holidays is ‘Living Lightly’, where consumers are encouraged to follow four energy wise points:

  1. Switch off geysers and pool pumps
  2. Switch off non-essential lights
  3. Use air-conditioners efficiently by keeping the room temperature at 23⁰C
  4. Use the power alerts on TV every evening to gauge the situationeskom power alert

Eskom’s supply & demand estimates for the week:

Tuesday (2 December): Evening capacity to meet peak demand is 31 407 MW (including open cycle gas turbines) while demand is forecast 30 245 MW.

Wednesday (3 December): Evening capacity to meet peak demand is 31 217 MW (including open cycle gas turbines) while demand is forecast 30 443 MW.

Thursday (4 December): Evening capacity to meet peak demand is 31 217 MW (including open cycle gas turbines) while demand is forecast 30 295 MW.

Friday (5 December): Evening capacity to meet peak demand is 30 757 MW (including open cycle gas turbines) while demand is forecast 29 123 MW.

Saturday (6 December): Evening capacity to meet peak demand is 30 757 MW (including open cycle gas turbines) while demand is forecast 28 236 MW.

Sunday (7 December): Evening capacity to meet peak demand is 30 803 MW (including open cycle gas turbines) while demand is forecast 28 210 MW.

Eskom will remain transparent about any changes and developments and provide up to date notices to the public.

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