No load shedding on voting day

Henry

“No load shedding until further notice.” This includes Wednesday, May 29, when South African voters will cast their vote in the national and provincial elections.

Eskom said on Friday that thanks to “the continued structural improvement in the reliability of the generation fleet” it plans no load shedding in the coming days. The power supplier then specifically points out that no load shedding will be introduced on voting day.

Payload has currently been suspended for 58 consecutive days.

Eskom says the last time South Africa experienced such an extended suspension of load shedding was between 5 December 2021 and 2 February 2022.

The power supplier says the so-called recovery plan and planned maintenance are currently bearing fruit.

“The results are increasingly seen in the reduction of unplanned capacity loss factor (the joint efforts to counter unplanned outages) or unplanned maintenance.”

Eskom says its unplanned capacity loss factor stands at 28.37% in the financial year to date (1 April 2024 to 23 May 2024) and has reduced significantly from the 35.5% recorded in the same period last year (1 April 2023 to 23 May 2023) was recorded.

Dr. Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, Minister of Electricity, has said several times that the recent load-shedding break has almost nothing to do with the upcoming election and can simply be attributed to the good progress that Eskom is making in solving the country’s electricity problem.