17 August 2012

South Africa: Power Restoration Completed

Pretoria — Eskom has restored power to all customers in KwaZulu-Natal that had no electricity as a result of severe weather conditions.

"Eskom has restored power to all of the customers in KwaZulu-Natal who were affected when severe weather conditions damaged power lines in the provinces last week. We apologise to all the customers concerned," it said in a State of the Electricity System update on Thursday.

On Monday, the parastatal said that about 3 000 customers were still without power in areas including Cedarville, Gowry, Rainbow Lakes and Nottingham Road due to weather-related faults on local distribution networks.

The power parastatal urged all customers to use electricity sparingly as well as to switch off all non-essential appliances, especially during the evening peak hours between 5pm and 9pm.

On Friday peak demand is forecast at 31 824 MW; Saturday, 30 836 MW; Sunday, 33 631 MW and on Monday at 33 459 MW.


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