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Eskom: Power supply remains exceptionally tight

The energy giant announced yesterday that generating reserves are almost stretched to their limits.

FILE: Eskom has urged consumers to switch off non-essential appliances during peak hours to avoid power cuts. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says the power grid remains under pressure and consumers will again have to switch off non-essential appliances during peak hours to avoid power cuts.

Yesterday, the energy giant announced that the system is strained and generating reserves are almost stretched to their limits.

"We have alerted our key industrial customers and have required them to reduce their load by a minimum of 10 percent," Eskom said in a statement.

Eskom's Andrew Etzinger says, "Peak will again be between 6pm and 8pm. We are once again expecting that the system will be exceptionally tight due to the large amount of generation plants currently out of service."

He said members of the public are urged to use electricity sparingly during the evening peak.

Eight months ago, the utility was forced to implement scheduled load shedding.