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Eskom refutes claims that loadshedding is on the cards

On Thursday, South African power utility Eskom announced there is no planned load shedding expected in September or October as indicated by the political party the Democratic Alliance (DA).

Despite these claims, the utility stressed that no communication around load shedding has been had with stakeholders.

The DA sent a formal letter to Eskom Chairperson, Jabu Mabuza, for clarity on the matter. Read the letter here.

In a company statement, Eskom noted that it has communicated its summer plan on the 4th September 2019 at a media briefing held at Megawatt Park, where they indicated that while no loadshedding is expected over summer the risk, however, remains as the system is still tight and vulnerable, as we ramp up plant maintenance. 

Read more: Eskom tables summer plan to keep the lights on

Following a statement by the Democratic Alliance regarding possible loadshedding, Mabuza said he is open to discuss details with the DA’s Natasha Mazzone. 

The utility continues to encourage residents and businesses to use electricity sparingly.

“Please switch off geysers as well as all non-essential lighting and electricity appliances to assist in reducing demand. We will keep customers informed if there are any changes to the system,” the parastatal concluded.

Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.