13 June 2014, Windhoek – South African power utility Eskom says its power system is severely constrained today due to “the unavailability of some of our generating units”, and Eskom called on consumers to urgently switch off electrical heaters, geysers, pool pumps and all non essential appliances. Namibia imports a large amount of power from South Africa.
“We require voluntary savings of at least 10% in order to manage demand.
We have noted rising demand especially during peak hours as the cold weather sets in. Eskom is taking all necessary steps available to keep the lights on but we require partnership with our customers to ensure that we reduce electricity usage,” Eskom said on its website.
It said it was on track in terms of its planned maintenance schedule and had begun scaling it down to prepare for winter while also managing unplanned outages that add more pressure to an already tight system.
“Eskom will utilise all necessary emergency resources at its disposal, but should the demand not decrease, load shedding will be implemented as a last resort to protect the national grid from a total shutdown,” the company said.