Power stable for festive season – Eskom

first_img23 December 2014Although constrained, South Africa’s power system is expected to remain stable for the rest of the festive season, according to power utility Eskom, which will use the period for intensified maintenance.“The power system is expected to remain constrained but stable this week and the rest of the festive season and as a result the risk of load-shedding is low during this period,” the utility said in its system status bulletin on 18 December.The system remains vulnerable, however, meaning that any extra load or faults in the system may require load shedding.“With many industries winding down their business for the festive season, coupled with return to service of some of our power generating units and building up of our emergency reserves, Eskom is cautiously confident that it will not have to implement load shedding during this period,” the utility said. “We will use this period of low electricity demand to intensify our plant maintenance programme.”Eskom called on South Africans to pull together over the next few months and use electricity sparingly.Addressing reporters at a state of the power system media briefing earlier in December, Eskom chief executive Tshediso Matona said that 6 000 MW of power will return to the grid this month. Although the prognosis for power supply over the festive season was not poor, it could not rule out the possibility of load shedding.The briefing came as South Africans across the country have been subjected to periods of load shedding in recent weeks.SAinfo reporter and SANewslast_img read more

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Geocachers Support GPS Education through Referrals

first_img SharePrint RelatedRefer a Friend – Help Kids Learn about GPSMay 25, 2011In “Learn”Geocaching.com Refer a Friend Challenge – 2012June 27, 2012In “Community”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – June 1, 2011June 2, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter” KarlaA letter by a young student helped lead a campaign to put GPS devices in the hands of school kids. Together, geocachers raised more than $9,000 for Donorschoose.org.Geocachers simply had to introduce a friend  to geocaching, who created an account (basic or premium) and logged a cache in June. For every new referral Groundspeak donated a dollar  to Donorschoose.org.  A total of $9,135 will now be given to the charity. Donorschoose.org connects teachers with donors to fulfill classroom needs.Karl’s thank you letter to GroundspeakKarla helped lead the charge in the referral program. She attends a low income elementary school in Texas and a member of the after-school technology club, Tech-Click. In 2009, Groundspeak provided three GPS devices to Karla’s club through DonorsChoose.org. Those three GPS devices allowed Karla and others in her club to learn about latitude, longitude, spatial concepts and more. Karla sent us this letter to thank us for the donation.Signal donation thermometerGeocachers took part in the referral program to offer more  opportunities involving technology to more students like Karla. On June 1st, Geocachers began to track the progress of the program on the Signal donation thermometer found on the Geocaching.com blog, Latitude 47.   Cachers nearly reached the $10,000 goal. But this won’t be the only chance to help raise money for charity through geocaching.Next year, geocachers will take on another referral challenge. They again will be able to help those in need by sharing geocaching with friends and family. Stay tuned to this blog for more information. Thank you to all the geocachers who helped school kids through Donorschoose.org. We’ll share any more thank you letters with you  – especially if they are as endearing as Karla’s letter. Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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