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Ramaphosa Optimistic as Another Kusile Unit Resumes Turning the Corner on Load-Shedding

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Ramaphosa Optimistic as Another Kusile Unit Resumes, Turning the Corner on Load-Shedding

African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed optimism about South Africa’s progress in addressing load-shedding. He attributed these positive prospects to various factors, including the return of Kusile units, increased embedded generation by private households and businesses, and effective demand management.

Ramaphosa Optimistic as Another Kusile Unit Resumes Turning the Corner on Load-Shedding

Return of Kusile Units

Kusile Unit 1 recently resumed production after a year-long hiatus caused by the collapse of its flue duct in October 2022. This development, which occurred ahead of the original schedule, is seen as a significant step in reducing load-shedding. Kusile Unit 3, which resumed production in September, consistently contributes 800 MW and supplies 720 MW into the grid.

Path to Ending Load-Shedding

Eskom, South Africa’s state-owned electricity utility, expressed confidence in its efforts to reduce and ultimately eliminate load-shedding. These milestones are seen as crucial in enhancing the country’s energy stability.

Upcoming Milestones

Kusile Unit 2 is scheduled to resume production on November 30, although no immediate updates were provided. Kusile’s compliance with emission standards has been extended until March 31, 2025, allowing for the use of temporary flues.

Impact on South Africa

The return of Kusile units is viewed as a critical milestone in South Africa’s economic recovery, with potential benefits including job protection, expanded access to electricity, and improved quality of life.

Minister’s Focus

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa emphasized his commitment to strengthening South Africa’s electricity generation capacity, with a focus on enhancing transmission infrastructure to accommodate new renewable generation capacity. This approach is aligned with the country’s broader energy goals.

Positive Outlook

Ramaphosa’s positive outlook and the progress in restoring Kusile units offer hope for improved energy stability and reduced load-shedding in South Africa.

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Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

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Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

Until 05:00 on Tuesday, stage 4 loadshedding will continue. Until further notice, Stage 2 and 4 loadshedding will take place.

Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

Monday, 10 July 2023: Stage 4 loadshedding is being implemented until 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday due to increased demand. On Wednesday, Stage 4 loadshedding will be implemented from 14:00 until 05:00, followed by Stage 2 loadshedding from 05:00 to 14:00.

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There will be a daily implementation of this pattern until further notice. A new update will be published if any significant changes are made.

As of now, 14 252MW of generating capacity has been damaged by breakdowns, while 4 118MW of generating capacity has been out of service for planned maintenance.

As of today, Duvha, Hendrina, Kendal, Kriel, Matimba and Medupi power stations have each reactivated a generating unit.

The Arnot and Tutuka power stations each had a generation unit out of service due to a breakdown during the same period.

Tutuka Power Station’s current capacity constraints are due to the delay in resuming two generating units. In order to restore service to the generating units, Eskom teams are working around the clock.

Members of the public are being encouraged to use electricity sparingly and efficiently, and we want to thank the people who do heed the call. During the period between 17:00 and 21:00, please turn off your geysers and pool pumps as this reduces demand, alleviates pressure on the power system, and contributes to fewer stages of load-shedding.

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