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Eskom: Switch off electrical appliances before going on holiday

Eskom's Khulu Phatswayo says if its generating units fail there will be rolling blackouts.

Eskom's Khulu Phatswayo says if its generating units fail there will be rolling blackouts. Picture: Free Images.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom has called on customers to switch off all electrical appliances before they go on holiday.

While the power utility expects a load shedding free weekend, however, it adds the power system is constrained.

Last month the parastatal's Chief Executive Officer, Tshediso Matona, warned South Africans that load shedding could become a reality for the next few months in order to stabilise the power system.

The utility has battled to keep the grid stable since a coal silo collapsed at the Majuba Power Station in Mpumalanga last month.

Since then the power utility has implemented regular load-shedding.

Eskom's Khulu Phatswayo warns if its generating units fail there will be rolling blackouts.

"We appeal to people who are going on holiday to switch off their geysers and other electrical appliances."

Last week government announced it would design and launch a procurement process to build 9,600 megawatts of nuclear power plants.

Government said it's planning to add the megawatts of nuclear power capacity to the national grid, equal to nearly a quarter of the current capacity.