Tuesday, 03 February 2015: Due to a shortage of electricity generation capacity, Eskom will implement (stage 1) load shedding at 17:00 until 22:00 this evening. They will notify the public should the need arise to implement stage 2.

In a statement released today Eskom says that the power system remains constrained and will remain so for the rest of this summer. Any extra load or faults in the system may necessitate the need to go into load shedding.

In addition to switching off all non-essential appliances, Eskom asks that all office workers switch off the lights, with the exception of security lighting and avoid leaving on air-conditioning overnight and other office appliances.

Commercial customers, particularly shopping centres and office blocks, can also make a big difference by switching off non-essential lights and not leaving office equipment such as photocopiers and computers in standby mode after hours.

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Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl has been working in the African power, energy and water sectors since 2011, first with African Utility Week and now as the Editor of ESI Africa. She is also an Advisory Board member of the Global and African Power & Energy Elites publications. With her passion for sustainable business and placing African countries on the international stage, Nicolette takes a keen interest in current affairs and technology trends.