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Eskom CEO urges South Africans to play a part to avoid loadshedding

Eskom Chief Executive Officer (CEO) André de Ruyter on Thursday urged South Africans to play a part to avoid load shedding.

De Ruyter and Eskom’s management team were on Thursday briefing the media to provide an update on the challenges to the entity’s power system.

De Ruyter said load shedding will be reduced at 12 noon on Thursday from stage 3 to stage 2 and will be suspended on Friday morning at 5am.

De Ruyter urged all South Africans to play their part so that load shedding can be avoided, saying if all citizens were to switch off unnecessary lights then generation capacity equivalent to the Medupi unit would be saved.

Watch the media briefing courtesy of the SABC:

Following continued power outages, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Wednesday called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to remove Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, to dissolve the Eskom board and to fire de Ruyter and Eskom’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) Jan Oberholzer.

READ MORE: EFF calls on Ramaphosa to remove Gordhan, dissolve the Eskom board and fire de Ruyter and Oberholzer

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