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Eskom gets KZN power on line

2012-08-08 18:53

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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