Eskom urges public to use electricity sparingly

The South African Weather Service says another low cut-off system is set to start building from today.

FILE: Eskom says although the power grid is not under significant pressure at the moment, customers should continue to lower usage. Picture: Free Images.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom has called on customers to use electricity sparingly with the possibility of a rainy weekend in various parts of the country including Gauteng.

The South African Weather Service says another low cut-off system, accompanied by a cold front, is set to start building from today.

The utility says although the power grid is not under significant pressure at the moment, customers should continue to lower usage.

Eskom's Andrew Etzinger says, "We are asking our customers to please use electricity sparingly. We do have an underlying constraint at certain parts of our supply chain."

He says at the moment, there is nothing to worry about where load shedding is concerned.

Earlier this month, the country experienced blackouts after a silo collapsed at the Majuba Power Station in Mpumalanga.

The collapse led to rolling blackouts across the country on 2 November.

At the same time, Eskom last week said the investigation into the silo collapse at the Majuba Power Station could take up to six months.

The utility's chief executive Tshediso Matona said an investigation into the silo collapse was underway, but the utility would not speculate about what caused it until they had all the facts.

He again emphasised that the utility was not aware of any damage or deterioration at the silo, which was last checked in September, prior to the collapse.

A silo generally has a life span of 50 years, and the coal-fired plant is one of Eskom's newest, only opening in 1996.