Eskom requests the public to reduce the usage of electricity

While no loadshedding is currently being implemented, Eskom would like to request the public’s assistance in reducing the usage of electricity as the power system is severely constrained. Five generation units at various power stations have failed throughout yesterday. Should there be any further loss of generation capacity, loadshedding would be required to be implemented at very short notice.

A generating unit each at Kusile and Majuba were taken offline to repair boiler tube leaks, while a generating unit each at Kriel, Majuba and Matimba tripped. The return to service of a generating unit each at Kendal and Tutuka were delayed.

Total breakdowns have increased to 16 822MW while planned maintenance is 4 888MW of capacity as they continue with the reliability maintenance.

Eskom appeals to all South Africans to help avoid the implementation of loadshedding by reducing the usage of electricity and to switch off non-essential items.

We will communicate promptly should there be any significant changes to the power system.

Says Eskom.

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