Load shedding will only partly affect resident’s Valentine’s Day plans; it has dropped from Stage 3 to Stage 2, which is scheduled to be in effect until 11pm tonight.

Eskom released a statement on social media announcing there has been improvement in the generator capacity, meaning less power cuts are necessary than yesterday.

“Due to some improvement in generation performance and the notable strides made in replenishing water and diesel reserves, Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented from 8am until 11pm on Thursday.”

Eskom, however, adds that despite this improvement, any “unplanned generator trips” could “impact the magnitude and risk of load shedding”.

The national strike by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) did not affect operations at Eskom.

“While Eskom was concerned about the risk to our operations as a result of today’s planned national strike action by COSATU, we can confirm that none of our operations were affected.”

Locals are advised to treat all electrical units as live during periods of load shedding.

“We continue to appeal to residents and businesses to use electricity sparingly during this period. Please switch off geysers as well as all non-essential lighting and electricity appliances to assist in reducing demand.”



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