Well, at least they’ve issued their warning nice and early this time. Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe has confirmed that the utility are preparing for the high risk of load shedding throughout Tuesday.
It marks the sixth consecutive working day that the power firm has left us on edge with their warnings. On all previous occasions over the past week, the forecast has not materialised into a full-blown load shedding schedule. But of course, that is soon subject to change with Eskom.
Eskom explain their reasons
Phasiwe hasn’t offered a detailed explanation as to why the lights could go off later in the day. We’ve been told that generational shortages have been the main culprit for the warnings we’ve had so far. However, Eskom’s representative would only reveal the system “is constrained”.
“The power system is currently constrained, with a high risk of load shedding. Customers are
urgedto switch off all non-essential appliances in an effort to reduce pressure on the national grid. We’ll continue to provide regular updates through various media platforms.”
On Monday, Eskom were proud of themselves after managing to do the bare minimum by keeping the grid switched on. Some residents of Tshwane thought they’d been hit by the blackouts, but their late-night power cut was the result of a separate issue with Brakfontein Substation:
@Eskom_SA did not implement #loadshedding today. Loadshedding will only be implemented when absolutely necessary. Eskom will keep you updated on the status of the power system. @CityPowerJhb @City_Ekurhuleni @CityTshwane @eThekwiniM @Loadshedding_SA @SowetoUrban @YouthInEnergy
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) March 11, 2019
Residents of the #Reeds,#Heuweloord, #WierdaPark, #Amberfield are urged to switch off all non essential appliances as the system is overloaded and technicians battling to switch power back as it keeps tripping. #BrakfonteinSubstation
— City of Tshwane (@CityTshwane) March 11, 2019
Check your load shedding schedule
To check your daily load shedding schedule, go onto loadshedding.eskom.co.za and type either your suburb/village/area into the quick search field.
You can also call Eskom’s customer contact centre at 0860 037 566. If your electricity is supplied via the municipality, you need to refer to the table in this article and contact the relative authorities – either via the web or phone.