POWER ALERT 1
Date: 20 June 2018
There is a low probability of rotational loadshedding during the day but the possibility increases for the evening period from 5pm to 9pm
20 June 2018: There is a low probability of rotational loadshedding during the day as a result of power station units being returned to the power system. However the probability of rotational loadshedding increases for the evening peak period from 5pm to 9pm due to the expected increase in electricity demand.
Should rotational loadshedding be implemented today it would be for a period up to four hours. Eskom will advise if rotational loadshedding will be conducted in either stage 1, stage 2, stage 3 or stage 4, dependent on the capacity shortage. Stage one requires 1000MW to be rotationally loadshed nation-wide, stage 2 requires 2000 MW , stage 3 requires 3000 MW and stage 4 calls for up to 4000 MW to be rotationally loadshed nationally in that given period. Loadshedding is conducted as a measure of last resort to protect the power system from a total collapse or blackout.
We continue to encourage residents and businesses to please use electricity sparingly to ease the demand of electricity. Please switch off geysers during the day especially during peak periods (07:00 to 10:00 and 18:00 to 21:00) as well as all non-essential lighting and electricity appliances to assist in reducing demand.
Customers are advised to keep checking their load shedding schedules on the Eskom or their municipal website, and plan on the assumption that load shedding will take place.
In the event that load shedding becomes necessary, Eskom and the municipalities will use load shed according to the published loadshedding schedules. For Eskom customers, these schedules are available on the Eskom website (loadshedding.eskom.co.za). Eskom customers can also contact our customer contact centre at 0860 037 566.
Eskom will provide regular updates on the status of the power system through all media platforms.