What a way to start the week! Eskom announced that more load REDUCTIONS are planned for Monday evening for several areas of South Africa.
THE LOAD REDUCTIONS STARTED AT 17:00 ON MONDAY
Eskom said it is implementing load reduction to avoid network overloading in high-density areas.
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Note that load reduction will be implemented between 17:00 and 22:00.
“During the load reduction implementation, customers are urged to switch off all their electrical appliances to avoid possible damage due to power surges when supply returns.
“Failure to do so may lead to transformer trips or failures and damages to household appliances when supply is restored.”
THESE AREAS WILL BE AFFECTED:
Here are the areas that will be affected:
- North West
- Northern Cape
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LOAD SHEDDING AND LOAD REDUCTION:
Load shedding = Eskom does not have enough capacity to generate electricity.
Load reduction = switch off localised areas where illegal connections cause overload and damage infrastructure.
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This comes days after President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation about the country’s energy crisis on Monday evening.
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Eskom will be recruiting former senior plant managers and engineers due to the shortage of skilled personnel and engineers.
ESKOM WILL BE RECRUITING SOON
President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation about the country’s energy crisis on Monday evening.
He said one of the challenges that Eskom has faced has been the shortage of skilled personnel and engineers.
“The utility is now recruiting skilled personnel, including former senior Eskom plant managers and engineers from the private sector.”
President Cyril Ramaphosa
He furthermore urged South Africans to invest in rooftop solar with NEW rules and a pricing structure.
RAMAPHOSA URGED SOUTH AFRICANS TO GET ROOFTOP SOLAR
President Cyril Ramaphosa said they intend to enable businesses and households to invest in rooftop solar to generate electricity.
He said South Africa has a great abundance of sun that should be used to generate electricity.
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“There is significant potential for households and businesses to install rooftop solar and connect this power to the grid.
“To incentivise greater uptake of rooftop solar, Eskom will develop rules and a pricing structure – known as a feed-in tariff – for all commercial and residential installations on its network.”
President Cyril Ramaphosa
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