Eskom: Heatwave could affect cooling systems at power stations

The South African Weather Service has warned that high temperatures will persist in parts of the country.

FILE: Eskom's Medupi Power Station. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says the current heatwave in parts of the country could have an impact on its cooling systems at its power stations, but at this stage electricity supply has not been affected.

The South African Weather Service has warned that high temperatures will persist in Mpumalanga, Limpopo and Gauteng, possibly until the weekend.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe says they rely on cooling systems.

"Our power stations are using dry air to cool themselves, so if it's hot, sometimes it has a bearing in terms of how the system is supposed to cools itself down. But so far it hasn't arrived to that position yet."

Meanwhile, Paramedics have advised people to take precautions against heat stroke and to avoid outdoor activity when possible.

ER24 has shared the following tips:

Stay well hydrated by drinking a lot of water.

• Keep a close eye on babies, the elderly and children and ensure they stay well hydrated.

• Ensure pets have a cool place to relax and cool clean water to drink as well.

• Try to stay out of direct sunlight.

• Wear the appropriate clothing and use sunscreen.

• Limit participation in outdoor activities. If you plan on participating in outdoor activities, ensure you rest and keep hydrated.

• If you are going to spend time in a pool, ensure your safety and that of children around you. Ensure that they are supervised while around and in the pool.

• Do not leave children and pets in a vehicle, even with a window open.