Due to the sustained improved performance of generation availability as well as the anticipated lower demand over the weekend, loadshedding will be suspended between 05:00 and 16:00 on Saturday and Sunday. Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented from 16:00 until 05:00 on both Saturday and Sunday. Today, as previously communicated, Stage 3 loadshedding will continue to be implemented from 16:00 until 05:00 on Saturday. Eskom will closely monitor the power system and communicate any change to loadshedding should it be required.
Breakdowns are currently at 14 266MW of generating capacity while the capacity out of service for planned maintenance is 5 388MW.
Over the past 24 hours, a generating unit each at Arnot, Duvha, Ingula and Vanderkloof power stations was taken offline for repairs. In the same period, a generating unit at Hendrina Power Station was returned to service.
Eskom teams are working tirelessly to ensure that additional generating units are returned to service as soon as possible.
Eskom’s load forecast for the evening peak demand is 27 606MW. We appeal to the members of the public to continue reducing demand by switching off non-essential appliances. We would like to thank those who do heed the call to use electricity sparingly and efficiently, including switching off geysers and pool pumps from 17:00 to 21:00, as this lowers demand and helps in alleviating the pressure on the power system and contributes to lower stages of loadshedding.