Eskom commences second day of load shedding

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Eskom commenced load shedding on Tuesday and warned that the grid would be under pressure for the rest of week.

“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.