Following the collapse of a coal storage silo at the Majuba power station earlier this month, Eskom says it is severely constrained due to unforeseen technical problems at power stations and may have to begin load-shedding.
“Should we experience further technical problems, we may need to implement load-shedding,” Eskom said in a statement.
“Eskom calls on consumers to urgently switch off geysers, air conditioners, pool pumps and all non-essential appliances this evening from 5pm to 9pm to prevent the need for rotational load-shedding.”
As workers left offices on Thursday evening, Eskom asked that they switch off the lights, with the exception of security lighting and avoid leaving on air-conditioning overnight.
“The two remaining coal silos were emptied after the incident and prepared for a thorough examination,” spokesman Andrew Etzinger said.
“Once that examination has been concluded we will announce the results.” Inspections were being conducted at all of Eskom's silos around the country, he said.
Eskom's load-shedding schedules were available for its direct customers on its website. Customers could also contact their call centre for additional information.
“Load-shedding schedules will only be utilised for the duration of the constraint and Eskom will provide regular updates on the status of the power system,” the utility said.
Click here for the load shedding timetable.