“As previously indicated during our quarterly state of the system briefing on 15 January, the grid will be under pressure for the current week resulting in a high risk of load shedding,” said Dan Marokane, acting chief executive of Eskom.
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The national power utility urged consumers to switch off geysers, air conditioners, pool pumps and all non-essential appliances during the day. They also advised companies to switch off office lights once workers have left the building, with the exception of security lighting.
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“Commercial customers, particularly shopping centres and office blocks, can make the biggest difference by switching off non-essential lights and not to leave office equipment such as photocopiers and computers in standby mode after hours,” said Eskom.