Eskom load reduction load shedding King Zwelithini

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Eskom to suspend load shedding for King Zwelithini’s memorial service

Load shedding will be suspended for four hours.

Eskom load reduction load shedding King Zwelithini

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Eskom confirmed late Friday evening, 17 March 2021, that the power utility will suspend load shedding “in order to allow the nation to mourn the passing” of King Zwelithini.

Here’s what you need to know.

Load shedding – Thursday 18 March

King Zwelithini’s memorial

Load shedding will be suspended between 10:00 and 14:00 on Friday 18 March. Eskom explained that this suspension is to “allow the nation to participate” in the king’s memorial service.

“This extraordinary measure has been implemented to allow the nation to witness a key and significant historical event at this difficult time in the life of the Zulu nation”.

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu’s memorial service will be broadcast live on Thursday, 18 March. The burial will be a private Royal Family service

Arrangements have also been made for the service to be streamed live on the government’s official social media pages: On Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Power system remains vulnerable

After 14:00, “load shedding will be implemented and continue as previously communicated. Despite this, Eskom warns that the power system “remains constrained”.

Eskom, therefore, requests the public to “continue reducing the usage of electricity in order to minimise the pressure on the system”.

“Eskom would like to apologise for any inconvenience and uncertainty caused by the power interruptions. We will communicate timeously should there be any significant changes to the power system”.

Use electricity sparingly

Eskom suggests that residents switch off lights in unoccupied rooms, and unplug any appliances, TVs, computers and electronic devices which aren’t in use.

In addition, curtains and blinds should be kept open during the day “to optimise natural light,” and residents should refrain from switching on electric lights during the day.

“Open windows and doors to allow a breeze to circulate through the house to delay switching on your air conditioner. If you have to switch on the air conditioner, keep it at a comfortable 23 degrees Celsius.”

How to check your load shedding schedule

If your supply of electricity comes directly from Eskom or from the municipality, we suggest using Eskom’s portal. It provides up to date details on the current stage of load shedding.

If your electricity is supplied via the municipality, you need to refer to this table and contact the relevant authorities – either via the web or phone.