Load shedding 'unlikely' to occur while in lockdown

Load shedding 'unlikely' to occur while in lockdown

Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe says the lights will most likely stay on during the coronavirus lockdown. 


He was among another group of cabinet members detailing their departments' plans for the 21-day lockdown.

During the briefing - Mantashe was asked whether coal supply to Eskom will be impacted during this period.

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"We appreciate the fact that with the lockdown, the demand will be very low and therefore it is unlikely that we are doing to be having load shedding because quite a number of industrial consumers will not be producing and therefore electricity is going to be available more abundantly than normal."

The lockdown will be effect from midnight. 

Everyone will have to stay home, except those whose work is classified as essential services.

People will be allowed to leave home for food and to go to the doctor.

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