• November 4, 2023 12:32 am

Eskom Partially Suspends Weekend Load-Shedding

Sep 30, 2023
Eskom Partially Suspends Weekend Load-Shedding

Eskom Partially Suspends Weekend Load-Shedding: Eskom has decided to suspend load-shedding during daytime hours on both Saturday and Sunday, from 5 am until 4 pm. However, the power utility will implement stage 2 load-shedding from 4 pm until 5 am on both days.

Eskom Partially Suspends Weekend Load-Shedding

The decision is based on the improved performance of generating capacity and lower anticipated demand over the weekend. As for the status of power generation, there are currently breakdowns totaling 14,266MW of generating capacity, while planned maintenance has taken 5,388MW out of service.

During the last 24 hours, one generating unit each at Arnot, Duvha, Ingula, and Vanderkloof power stations was taken offline for necessary repairs, while a unit at Hendrina Power Station has been returned to service. Eskom’s teams are working diligently to expedite the return of additional generating units to service.

Eskom continues to encourage the public to reduce electricity consumption by turning off non-essential appliances. This includes switching off geysers and pool pumps from 5 pm to 9 pm, contributing to lower stages of load-shedding.

Eskom’s acting CEO, Calib Cassim, has hinted at the possibility of lower stages of load-shedding during the summer period, aiming not to exceed stage 4. The power utility anticipates improved performance, with a goal of maintaining unplanned load losses within the 14,500MW scenario for this year’s summer outlook.

Minister of Electricity, Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, will provide further updates on the implementation of the Energy Action Plan (EAP) in an upcoming media briefing.

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