Wednesday, 28 January 2015: The electricity system continues to be severely constrained, and Eskom will be implementing stage 1 load shedding from 10:00 until 22:00 today to manage dam levels at its pumped storage schemes.

Dam levels at Eskom pumped storage schemes are also low because Eskom has not been able to pump the water back to full capacity over the past weekend. This is mainly because they were in use over the weekend to meet demand. Ordinarily, the weekends are used to pump dam levels to maximum capacity in preparation for the forecasted increased demand in electricity during the week.

This being Eskom’s maintenance season, the power grid is expected to remain constrained for the rest of the summer. Eskom calls on consumers to switch off geysers, air conditioners, pool pumps and all non-essential appliances throughout the day to reduce electricity demand.

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