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Eskom warns of possible load shedding

Eskom warns of possible load shedding

Mar 6, 2014

6 March 2014 ~ South Africans may face rolling blackouts, possibly starting today, as the country’s electricity giant Eskom warns of a strong likelihood of load shedding.

Eskom’s Senior General Manager Andrew Etzinger told Reuters that the grid had come under strain due to heavy, ongoing rains over power stations in eastern Mpumalanga province and large industrial customers have been asked to cut their usage by 10 percent.

According to reports, this 10 percent won’t be enough to prevent power cuts and households have been urged to turn off all non-essential appliances to cut back on electricity usage.

Quick tips

  • Check here to see if/when your area may be affected
  • Turn off swimming pool pump
  • Turn off geyser until an hour before you need hot water
  • Store boiling water in a thermos
  • Ensure you have a torch or other safe form of lighting handy

With weather experts predicting that the recent rains may continue until next week across Gauteng, locals would do well to be prepared for rolling blackouts.

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