Eskom warned that the cold weather affecting large parts of South Africa would result in an increased demand for electricity that could put more pressure on its system and possibly lead to load shedding on Monday, 12 July. The power supplier is appealing to citizens to reduce their electricity consumption.

ESKOM CALLS ON PUBLIC TO USE ELECTRICITY SPARINGLY

Eskom called on the public to use electricity sparingly on Monday, citing the weather warning issued by the South African Weather Service (SAWS) on Sunday that cautioned that wet, windy and cold conditions are expected to take hold in parts of the country because of a cold front.

“Following this warning, Eskom would like to appeal to the members of the public to continue using electricity sparingly,” said the power supplier in a statement.

Eskom said it has not implemented load shedding since 13 June because of an improvement in the performance of its generation fleet, adding that the system is performing relatively well at the moment.

“However, the cold front will increase the demand for electricity thereby putting pressure on the power system,” warned Eskom.

The power supplier said the people of South Africa can help ease the pressure on its system by using electricity sparingly and reducing their usage.

“Eskom will communicate promptly should there be any significant changes to the performance of the system,” concluded Eskom.

SEVERE WEATHER THREATENS NETWORK IN WESTERN AND EASTERN CAPE

In a separate statement on Monday, Eskom said its network in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape are expected to face “serious challenges” – such as strong winds, extreme cold and heavy rainfall – on the day, which puts the network at risk and may affect the electricity supply of customers and leave them without electricity for prolonged periods of time.

“Eskom urges customers to remain patient and follow the channels made available to log a fault.

“Eskom will prioritise its response based on the size and duration of the faults. Large faults on the MV [Medium Voltage] and HV [High Voltage] network that affect a large number of customers will be prioritised,” said the power supplier.

In order to report a fault, customers are encouraged to download the MyEskom Customer App from the relevant app store or call the share call number at 08600-37566 or email customerservices@eskom.co.za

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Presh JM Reporter

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