SA urged to reduce power usage amidst low temperatures

Eskom has urged customers to reduce electricity usage in a bid to avoid blackouts this weekend.

FILE: Cold weather conditions are expected throughout the weekend with temperatures said to drop at a minimum of zero. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - While temperatures are expected to remain low throughout the weekend, Eskom has urged customers to reduce electricity usage and avoid blackouts.

The utility says it won't be implementing load shedding for most of the day; however as a result of an increased electricity demand in the evening, the system is expected to be constrained between 5pm and 9pm this evening.

Spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe says it's too early to say how the system will pan out over the weekend.

"We will continue to monitor the situation and if there is any necessity to implement load shedding we will notify the nation; but currently the system is stable."

Forecaster Madimetja Thema says Gauteng residents shouldn't expect a change in the weather.

"Very cold weather conditions are expected throughout the weekend. We are looking at minimum below zero."

Meanwhile, parts of the Eastern Cape have been affected by snow.

Motorist's in the province have been forced to drive on icey roads. Picture: Supplied

The small town of Steynsburg has been hit by snowfall. Picture: Supplied