Eskom, South Africa’s power utility, has provided a respite from load shedding by announcing a three-day suspension of rolling blackouts. The suspension will commence at 10 pm on Thursday and extend until 4 pm on Monday. During this period, the utility will not implement load shedding.
Eskom Suspends Load Shedding Until Monday Afternoon
Reason for Suspension
Eskom attributed the suspension of load shedding to the sustained strong performance of its generation fleet and the anticipated lower weekend energy demand.
The reduction in equipment breakdowns, totaling 12,925 MW, and planned maintenance of 4,889 MW of generation capacity, played a significant role in this decision.
Return of Kusile Units
The announcement coincides with the return of Kusile power station’s Unit 1, a month ahead of schedule. This unit will contribute an additional 800 MW of capacity to the national grid.
Economic Impact of Load Shedding
South African Revenue Service (SARS) Commissioner Edward Kieswetter estimated that the economy incurred losses of up to R150 billion due to load shedding.
Kieswetter emphasized that load shedding impedes economic growth, hampers productivity, and affects corporate profits, resulting in reduced corporate tax collections.
He stated that addressing the issue of load shedding is vital for the country’s economic well-being.