Load-shedding could be back, Eskom warns

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JOHANNESBURG, February 28 – Eskom on Thursday warned that there is a “possibility” of load-shedding as a result of a shortage of generating capacity.

Eskom said there was an increased risk of loadshedding between 2-10pm Thursday, with the risk of loadshedding remaining until the end of the weekend.

“While the risk remains high, loadshedding will only be implemented if absolutely necessary. We remind customers that loadshedding is a controlled measure which protects the power system from a total collapse or blackout,” the power utility said in a statement.

Eskom encouraged customers to continue use electricity sparingly and switch off geysers, pool pumps, as well as all non-essential lighting and electric appliances to assist in reducing demand. The public was also advised to keep checking their loadshedding schedules on the Eskom and their municipal website, and plan on the assumption that loadshedding will take place.

“Eskom will continue to provide regular updates about the state of the power system through various media platforms‚” the troubled power utility said. (ANA)