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Reviews : Eskom warns over SWC power supply

The national power utility, Eskom, has warned that the country’s electricity could be under pressure during the FIFA World Cup.

The utility says it will regularly update South Africans on supply during the tournament, which starts June 11, and ask them to turn off some appliances if power runs low.

However, should power be under severe pressure, people will be asked to turn off everything but one TV and one light.
Eskom says "although electricity supply is expected to be sufficient over this period, cold winter temperatures combined with high electricity demand is likely to place Eskom under additional pressure".


"It is anticipated that more than 200 000 tourists will arrive in South Africa during the next few weeks, and although electricity supply is expected to be sufficient over this period, cold winter temperatures combined with high electricity demand is likely to place Eskom under additional pressure," said Nosipho Maphumulo, general manager of Eskom's energy-efficiency demand-side management.

Nevertheless, Eskom will not be responsible for the electricity supply to any of the stadiums used for the World Cup which takes away the fears of the possible blackouts hindering the proceeding games.

"The powering of World Cup stadiums around the country will not lead to blackouts as each stadium has in place a standalone power-generation system," the financial daily reported at the end of April.

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