The South African electricity public utility (Eskom) has promised to maintain a steady power supply in all parts of the country even as the country experiences more heavy snowfalls.
The utility says its not anticipating any problems with electricity over the next few days as temperatures continue to drop throughout the country.
Eskom’s Khulu Phasiwe says due to snowfall in various provinces, the utility anticipated an uptake in demand for power, but says its prepared even as he assured that its machines are working at optimum level.
Phasiwe however, blamed most power outages on a high rate of illegal connections which on the other hand, causes load shedding.
“Through illegal connections or cable theft, those are some of the overloading of the system or the outages we see. As far as power generations are concerned, there are absolutely no issues at this stage,” he said.
Meanwhile, the KwaZulu-Natal Emergency Medical Services (KZN EMS) has called on motorists to avoid the N3 toll route, warning that heavy snowfalls will endanger the route until Tuesday.
Robert McKenzie, KZN EMS spokesperson said the snowfalls which started on Sunday, will extend to Tuesday. He also disclosed that “the current cold front has now extended to parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Free State.”
In a media statement, the KZN EMS spokesperson related that N3 toll route, Mooi River, Ladysmith, the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, Van Reenen’s Pass, Harrismith, Bethlehem and other surrounding areas could be affected.
Citing the increased possibility of heavy snowfalls, Mckenzie explained that local residents and travelers could be snowed-in. He added that roads might be closed for safety reasons. And, iterated that motorists should avoid travelling in such hazardous conditions.
On the same hand, the Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) station commander, Dave Steele, warned that traffic delays and road closure could occur and that this could make driving conditions very dangerous.
“Driving conditions may become dangerous as snow and black ice cause roads to become treacherous. In the event of this happening, roads could be closed in the interests of safety of road users and emergency and rescue teams.
N3 Toll Concession’s (N3TC) also dedicated route services’ teams are on standby and ready to provide support where and when required.
Above all, as the country expects more heavy Snowfalls, road users are strongly encouraged to confirm the status of travel conditions with N3TC’s 24-hour Customer Care-line on 0800 63 4357.