South Africa’s Eskom urges public to reduce electricity use

eskom20 November 2013, Johannesburg – South Africa’s Eskom has declared electricity supply emergency, calling on the public to reduce their electricity use.

On Tuesday, the power system was described as “severely constrained” due to the loss of additional generating units from Eskom’s power station fleet and the extensive use of emergency reserves.

“This has necessitated the need for Eskom to declare an emergency in terms of the approved regulatory protocols. Eskom is now following the protocol in terms of its emergency procedures in order to secure the power system. We have alerted our key industrial customers and have required them to reduce their load by a minimum of 10%,” said the utility.

Eskom said every effort will be made to avoid load shedding, and that it was hopeful that by applying these measures, it will achieve the required load reduction necessary to protect the national grid.

“Eskom calls on all its customers to urgently switch off geysers, pool pumps, air conditioning and all non-essential appliances from 5pm to 9pm,” said the utility.

Eskom will be publishing load shedding schedules for its direct customers on its website (, while customers will also be able to call the Eskom call centre on 0860 037 566 for additional information.

The schedules will only be used for the duration of the constraint, with Eskom providing regular updates on the status of the power system.

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