While South Africa celebrates the Springboks’ success in reaching the Rugby World Cup finals, Eskom, the nation’s power utility, brings further good news by extending the suspension of load shedding. This extension follows Eskom’s initial announcement on October 19 that load shedding would be suspended until Monday, providing South Africans with some unexpected relief.
Eskom Extends Load Shedding Suspension Until Tuesday
Reasons for Extension
The continuous improvement in Eskom’s generation fleet performance and the complete recovery of emergency reserves have now extended the suspension of load shedding. This fortuitous development benefits South Africans, offering them a reprieve from scheduled power cuts.
Load Shedding Schedule
On Tuesday, the return of load shedding is scheduled for 4 pm and will continue until 5 am on Wednesday. After this period, load shedding will be suspended from 5 am to 4 pm.
Stage 1 load shedding will resume from 4 pm to 5 am on Thursday. This pattern will be repeated daily until further notice, as Eskom closely monitors the situation.
Current Capacity and Demand
Eskom currently manages breakdowns totaling 13,559MW, while planned maintenance affects 4,765MW of generation capacity. The demand forecast for the evening peak stands at 25,054MW. Eskom remains prepared to communicate any significant changes promptly.
Positive Update on Kusile Power Station Unit 1
In addition to the extended suspension of load shedding, Eskom recently confirmed that the Kusile power station unit 1 has returned to service, surpassing expectations by being operational a month and a half ahead of the anticipated timeline. This further contributes to the improved power supply situation.