- Power utility Eskom has asked the public to use electricity sparingly as a number of units have tripped
- Eskom said it had also managed to bring back the generating unit that had tripped
- The power unity also warned that the constrained supply may continue until the weekend
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As the winter temperatures drop, more South African households are beginning to use electrical appliances such as heaters, which use up a lot of electricity.
Power utility Eskom has asked the public to reduce electricity usages after a number of generations units tripped, leading to a constrained power supply.
The power utility issued a statement saying:
"Eskom requests the public to reduce electricity usage as the power generation system is severely constrained. This morning one generation unit each at the Kendal and Tutuka power stations tripped, adding to the Tutuka unit that tripped yesterday."
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A generation unit at Medupi that tripped on Tuesday evening has been returned to service, said News24.
"Any additional breakdowns will compromise Eskom’s ability to supply the country through the peak demand period of 17:00 to 21:00. This constrained supply situation may persist through the weekend." said Eskom.
The South African Weather Services (SAWS) has issued a warning that a cold front might be expected this weekend, along with heavy rains. Eskom will feel the brunt of it as people try to keep warm.
Eskom has not instituted nationwide load shedding since the start of the lockdown in late March after power usage plunged as much of the economy was shut down.
However, Briefly.co.za reported that the power utility has introduced what it calls "load reduction". Load reduction is rolling power cuts in areas with illegal connections.
While Eskom has issued this warning for electricity to be used sparingly, South Africans on social media have also expressed some unhappiness with the power utility.
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