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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Yes, you can, Yuvraj’s mother ahead of his T20 comeback

first_imgA sign board near the Vizag airport reads, “Welcome to the city of dreams.”  For the man who has been on a rollercoaster of nightmares and dreams, the symbolism can’t be clearer. Yuvraj Singh is all set to make his much anticipated comeback to the cricket field after undergoing surgery in the US.Shabnam Singh – Yuvi’s mother – and a bunch of his closest buddies disembarked in an overcast Vizag on a special invitation from the man himself. Yuvraj wants all who stayed with him through thick and thin to witness his steps back to where he has always belonged. The only hindrance now seems the rain. “Come on! It can’t rain tomorrow!” pleaded a friend. It is the biggest day of their lives. They have seen Yuvraj cry and writhe in unimaginable pain. They have spent days crying themselves. Now, no more tears.”What colour are the t-shirts we are going to wear tomorrow?” asked Shabnam and happily revealed “We’ll all be wearing the YOUWECAN t-shirts for the game!”The excitement spilled over and a certain nervousness too. She has cooked Yuvraj Singh’s favourite curry-rice and carried it all the way to Vizag. As for Yuvraj, he is much stronger. “It doesn’t matter if I score 1 run or 20. What is important is that I’m playing.”Yuvraj Singh has counted each moment of the past 296 days for this moment to arrive. Dreamer, believer or a fighter? Whatever you may like to call him, his day is here.last_img read more

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