Power alert: Eskom calls on residents to reduce consumption

Eskom shared a power alert on Saturday 25 July to warn South Africans that, as expected, the power grid is under severe pressure.

Eskom power alert 25 July 2020

The power utility called on customers to turn off "all unnecessary lights, geysers, pool pumps and non-essential appliances" effective immediately in order to conserve power and stave off power cuts.

The power utility went all out with one of those red alert banners for good measure, and tweeted:

"Our power system is under severe pressure – Please switch off all unnecessary lights, your geyser, pool pump and non-essential appliances."Eskom Hld sOC Ltd, Twitter, 22 July 2020.

Load reduction in three provinces

The power alert followed less than three hours after Eskom announced that load reduction would be implemented in three provinces on Saturday, 25 July 2020. Residents in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, take note.

Load reduction will be implemented from 17:00 to 22:00 in order to "avoid network overloading in high-density areas prone to illegal connections, meter bypasses and vandalism of electricity infrastructure".

A list of areas affected by the power outages can be found here.

How to use electricity sparingly

Eskom suggests that residents switch off lights in unoccupied rooms, and unplug any appliances, TVs, computers and electronic devices which aren't in use.

In addition, curtains and blinds should be kept open during the day "to optimise natural light," and residents should refrain from switching on electric lights during the day.

"Open windows and doors to allow a breeze to circulate through the house to delay switching on your air conditioner. If you have to switch on the air conditioner, keep it at a comfortable 23 degrees Celsius."

Report crime and fraud

Furthermore, cable theft remains a concern and communities are urged to report any incidents to Crime Line South Africa; to the South African Police Service (SAPS) or to Eskom directly.

Moreover, incidents can be logged by sending an SMS to 35328; or by contacting Eskom telephonically on 086 003 7566, or via email at customerservices@eskom.co.za. Eskom also warns:

"Overhead power cables are suspended out of reach of people. But when poles collapse, the line can touch or hang close to the ground, putting people and animals in danger. Never touch a low hanging cable or a pole that has fallen over as it could still be live."

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