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South Africa scores a major victory over Eskom’s load-shedding

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South Africa scores a major victory over Eskom's load-shedding

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa provided an update on South Africa’s progress regarding load-shedding and the energy situation. Here are the key points from his briefing:

South Africa scores a major victory over Eskom’s load-shedding

Turning a Corner in Load-Shedding

Minister Ramokgopa acknowledged that the ability of Eskom to suspend load-shedding for an entire day is a significant achievement for South Africa.

Not Out of the Woods Yet

While progress has been made, Ramokgopa emphasized that South Africa is not completely free from load-shedding challenges.

Reduced Demand and Increased Planned Maintenance

Reduced electricity demand, particularly coming out of the winter months, has allowed Eskom to increase its planned maintenance capacity by approximately 2,000MW.

Seasonal Maintenance Strategy

Eskom has adopted a strategy of reducing planned maintenance during high-demand winter months to avoid more severe load-shedding. Maintenance efforts are then ramped up during the warmer months when demand is lower.

Load-Shedding Intensity Improvement

Despite the increase in planned maintenance, there has been an improvement in load-shedding intensity, as an additional 2,000MW has been taken out without worsening load-shedding conditions.

Demand Reduction

Demand for electricity has decreased by around 4,000MW, with peak demand dropping from an average of 31,000MW in May 2023 to approximately 27,000MW as South Africa exited the winter season.

Investment in Maintenance

Reduced demand has allowed Eskom to invest more in the maintenance of its generation units, which is expected to have a positive impact during challenging periods, such as the next winter season.

Improved Outage Slips

The minister highlighted improvements in addressing outage slips, with a reduction from an average of 3,400MW to 1,100MW.

Ramokgopa’s briefing underscores the progress made in managing load-shedding in South Africa, driven by reduced demand and strategic maintenance efforts. While challenges remain, the country has achieved notable improvements in load-shedding intensity and infrastructure maintenance.

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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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