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Load shedding update: Stage 2 to resume on Saturday 11 July

Eskom warns that stage 2 load shedding will continue until 22:00 on Friday evening, and resume at 9:00 on Saturday, 11 July 2020.

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Eskom is determined to ruin our weekend. Our beleaguered power utility announced on Friday evening that stage 2 load shedding will continue until 22:00; and resume Saturday morning.

This follows after three of the six generation units successfully returned to service the Tutuka, Matimba and Arnot power stations.

“This has had a net effect of reducing the plant breakdowns to 2 350MW of capacity, with breakdowns occurring at the Arnot, Kendal, Tutuka and Majuba power stations”.

Eskom to implement stage 2 on Saturday 11 July

Replenishing emergency reserves

Load shedding will only be suspended between 22:00 on Friday and 9:00 on Saturday morning, despite generation units expected to return overnight.

Eskom said in the third power alert for the day that “continuing load shedding [on Saturday 11 July] is necessary in order to replenish the emergency generation reserves.”

This has to be done to “better prepare for the coming week”, Eskom would have us believe. The power utility claims that demand for electricity increased due to the “much colder weather”.

“The delayed return in service of a generation unit at the Duvha power station has also added significant pressure to the generation system”.

Reducing the demand

Eskom thanked customers for lowering the demand this week; adding that with our help, the maintenance teams will “again recover from this much quicker”.

Eskom urges the public to continue reducing electricity usage to help limit the impact of load shedding. The power utility suggests that all electrical appliances be disconnected to prevent surges when the service returns.

“When the power comes back on, it may do so with a momentary surge, which may damage electronically controlled appliances such as TVs, decoders, and computers”.

How to stave off load shedding

Some of Eskom’s suggestions to stave off moving beyond stage 2 load shedding include shortening your morning shower and placing frozen food in the fridge to defrost instead of using the microwave.

  • Switch off lights in unoccupied rooms;
  • Keep your morning shower short;
  • Switch off geysers during peak periods;
  • Don’t defrost food using a microwave, rather remove food from freezer and place in the fridge to thaw;
  • Unplug all appliances and equipment not in use;
  • Don’t leave computers, TVs and other electronic devices on standby;
  • Open windows and doors instead of using your air conditioning system; and
  • If the air-con has to go on, keep it at a comfortable 23 degrees Celsius.

Official Eskom accounts on social media

One way to prevent the spread of misinformation is to only follow Eskom’s official social media accounts as there are several parody accounts that spread false information.