Eskom, the South African power utility, has decided to extend the suspension of load shedding, much to the delight of South Africans who are celebrating the Springboks’ victory in the Rugby World Cup. This extension follows Eskom’s initial announcement on October 19 that it would suspend load shedding until Monday.
Eskom Suspends Load Shedding Until Tuesday
Improved Generation Performance and Emergency Reserves
The continued improvement in Eskom’s generation fleet performance and the full recovery of emergency reserves have come as a welcome surprise to the nation.
As a result, load shedding will remain suspended, and it is set to resume only on Tuesday at 4 pm.
New Load Shedding Schedule
Eskom’s new load shedding schedule includes the implementation of Stage 1 load shedding on Tuesday from 4 pm until 5 am on Wednesday.
Subsequently, load shedding will be suspended from 5 am until 4 pm, followed by Stage 1 load shedding from 4 pm until 5 am on Thursday.
This pattern will continue daily until further notice.
At present, breakdowns in Eskom’s generation capacity amount to 13,559MW, and planned maintenance is at 4,765MW. The demand forecast for the evening peak is 25,054MW.
Additionally, Eskom recently confirmed that Kusile Power Station Unit 1 is back in service, a month and a half ahead of the expected timeline, which has further contributed to the improved power situation in the country.