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Eskom cancels today's planned load shedding

Because South Africans heeded the call to conserve power, no load shedding will take place today.

Smoke rising from the Medupi power plant. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Eskom has announced via its Twitter account that it will not load shed today as the electricity demand has decreased significantly since its earlier warning notification.

In another tweet, Eskom thanked customers who heeded the call to reduce electricity usage.

It also urged customers to continue to use energy sparingly.

Eskom will not load shed at 10am today as the electricity demand has decreased significantly since the early warning notification was made

Eskom would like to thank customers who heeded the call to reduce electricity usage, we urge customers to continue to use energy sparingly

The grid was under intense strain this morning leading to warnings of rolling black outs.

But the power utility says demand has decreased considerably.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe says the situation has improved.

"This is a big thank you to our customers. Many of them have made the reduction in terms of electricity usage and as a result we're beginning to see a decrease on the power grid and as a result, we have taken a decision to suspend the implementation of load shedding."

Rolling blackouts have plunged the country into darkness on a number of occasions this year.

Compounding the situation is a technical fault at the Koeberg Power Station which led to one unit having to be taken offline.

Earlier this week Phasiwe appealed to consumers to reduce electricity consumption in an effort to avoid further load shedding.

There has been sporadic load shedding since late last month and last week Eskom cut power on at least two days.

Yesterday, Phasiwe said, "Our aspiration is not to have load shedding at all during [this] week. But we must understand that we are running a very vulnerable power network which is prone to have technical faults."

Take a look at EWN 's feature on how to survive load shedding

To view load shedding schedules in your area, click here.