Slight relief in load shedding expected


At least a slight relief from a heavy load shedding is now beckoning for South Africans, after first phase 6 and then phase 5 load shedding was introduced in the past few days.

However, Eskom confirmed in a recent statement that five generation units have been put back into service over the past 24 hours, “which will allow the emergency reserves to be sufficiently replenished by Tuesday morning”.

Phase 3 load shedding will therefore be in effect from Tuesday at 05:00 to 16:00. Phase 4 load shedding will then be introduced from 4pm until 5am on Wednesday. This pattern will be repeated until further notice.

Currently, 14,579 MW is unavailable due to breakdowns, while a further 7,316 MW is given over to planned maintenance.

“Eskom power stations’ general managers and their teams continue to work diligently to ensure that additional generating units are brought back into service.

“A total of 2,150 MW of generating capacity is planned to be put back into service by Wednesday. Eskom’s evening peak demand stands at 26,902 MW for tonight.”