Johannesburg – Power utility Eskom
says it has restored power supply to parts of KwaZulu-Natal which
were left without electricity in the early hours of the morning due
to the severe weather conditions in the province.
Eskom technicians have brought back on
line one of the five transmission lines that were affected by the
weather‚ the company said on Wednesday afternoon.
Power supply has now been restored in
the following municipalities: eThekwini‚ Ixopo‚ Mhlatuze‚
KwaDukuza and Matatiele.
Although supply has been restored to
most customers‚ interruptions to power supply are still affecting
customers in the areas of Harding‚ Mooi River and Cedarville.
At a national level‚ demand for
electricity was above forecast Wednesday morning due to the cold
weather and Eskom has revised its forecast for peak demand this
evening (Wednesday) by 1‚000MW to 33‚960 MW.
Available capacity is forecast to be
36‚600MW and Eskom can also draw on emergency reserves if necessary
to meet demand.
Eskom urged all customers to switch off
all non-essential appliances and use electricity sparingly‚
particularly during the evening peak between 5pm and 9pm.
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