Load-shedding will continue‚ says Eskom

Eskom said on Tuesday that load-shedding was on the cards for the rest of the week.

The power utility announced stage 2 load-shedding from 9am on Tuesday.

“There have been delays in returning some generation units to service that were expected to return to service [on Monday]‚” Eskom said in a statement.

“They will now only return during the course of the week. This has put additional pressure on the system and necessitated a continuation of load-shedding.”

Eskom said that demand for electricity had increased since January.

The power utility provided several tips on how to save electricity:

Take food out of the freezer for dinner and put it in the fridge to thaw‚ eliminating the need to defrost it later with a microwave oven.
Set air conditioners to 23°C.
Switch off geysers during peak periods.
Unplug cellphone chargers before leaving the house. They use electricity‚ even if the phone is not plugged in.
Use the cold water tap where possible rather than the hot water tap (the geyser).
Set swimming pool pumps to run twice a day‚ three hours at a time.
At the end of the day‚ turn off computers‚ copiers‚ printers and fax machines.

Source: TMG Digital.