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Eskom says a man died after he was electrocuted in Tshwane. Photo: Unsplash

Power to the people! Load shedding averted thanks to Mzansi

Eskom thanked the people of SA for responding positively to the call to reduce consumption on Thursday. This helped it avoid load shedding.

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Eskom says a man died after he was electrocuted in Tshwane. Photo: Unsplash

While load shedding could have been on the cards on Thursday night, Eskom says it is thanks to the people of SA and their cooperation that it was avoided.    

ELECTRICITY DEMAND DROPPED TO MANAGEABLE LEVELS, SAYS EKSOM

Eskom, in a statement on Friday, thanked the people of South Africa for responding positively to the call to reduce electricity consumption on Thursday night. 

“Soon after Eskom’s plea for the public to reduce the usage of electricity during the peak hours, demand dropped to manageable levels, enabling us to avoid the need to implement load shedding,” it said.  

“This, together with an extensive utilisation of emergency generation reserves, afforded Eskom the space to return to service a single generating unit at Majuba Power Station during the night,” it added. 

PROBABILITY OF LOAD SHEDDING SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED 

Eskom released a statement on Thursday, urging South Africans to reduce their electricity consumption. It said that if power was not used sparingly, there could be a need to implement load shedding at short notice which is something none of us wanted to hear. 

“Eskom would like to appeal to the members of the public to reduce the usage of electricity as the power system is under severe pressure following the loss of four generating units since this morning,” it said at the time.

“A unit each at the Tutuka, Medupi and Majuba power stations tripped, while a unit at Lethabo has been taken offline to repair a boiler tube leak,” it added. 

SA to the rescue though! Eskom now says the probability of load shedding has been significantly reduced at this point as it returns generating units to service from breakdown. 

“We urge the public to continue using electricity sparingly. Eskom will communicate promptly should there be any significant changes to the power system,” it said.