Jeffreys Bay residents are urged to use electricity sparingly to avoid load shedding as Eskom enters its annual summer maintenance period.
During this period, the power utility will be performing critical maintenance at its power stations, including Koeberg.

Eskom Chief Executive Officer Brian Dames said the company would do its best to prevent load shedding but would need the partnership and support of all South Africans to keep the lights on.

“We appeal to consumers to use electricity sparingly and use electrical equipment such as air-conditioning, geysers and swimming pool pumps as efficiently as possible in order to reduce demand for electricity.”

Eskom suggests that pumps and geysers be switched off during the peak periods of 5 pm to 9 pm to assist in reducing demand.

Dames said hot weather conditions have also had an impact on supply, impairing the efficiency of some of Eskom’s dry cooled power stations and have caused increased demand as customers have increased their use of air-conditioning.

“We’re keeping the lights on by implementing supply side initiatives, the assistance from some of our key customers and active demand side management. We need the co-operation of all South Africans and request all electricity users to reduce their electricity usage during this difficult period,” he said.

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