Power restored to parts of KwaZulu-Natal
POWER utility Eskom on Wednesday said it had restored power supply to parts of KwaZulu-Natal which were left without electricity early that morning due to the severe weather conditions in the province.
The cold weather and widespread snowfall have put Eskom under pressure, as the utility must ensure that electricity supply does not snap as a result of higher demand.
Eskom has appealed to electricity users to reduce their power consumption, especially during the peak hours between 5pm and 9pm.
"Technicians have brought back online one of the five transmission lines that were affected by the weather," the," the power utility said.
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, Eskom said. .
Eskom said demand for electricity nationally was above its forecast on Wednesday morning due to the cold weather and it had revised its forecast for peak demand on Wednesday evening by 1,000MW to 33,960MW.
"Available capacity is forecast to be 36,600MW and Eskom can also draw on emergency reserves if necessary. We urge all customers to switch off all non-essential appliances and use electricity sparingly, particularly during the evening peak between 5pm and 9pm," it said.