African Reserves

Eskom SUSPENDS load shedding on Saturday

Eskom has announced that it is suspending load shedding on Saturday, May 7, 2022, due to production capacity improvements.

The beleaguered utility says units at some of its power plants have been returned to service and other units will be restored later today.

“The power system has recovered to a point where load shedding can be stopped at 12:00 p.m. Saturday. Generating units at Matla, Majuba, Grootvlei and Kendal power stations as well as the non-commercial unit at Kusile were returned to service this Another unit each at Matimba and Arnot power stations are expected to be back in service today,” spokesman Sikonathi Mantshantsha said.

Eskom had downgraded the load shedding from Stage 2 to Stage 1 on Friday, due to weak demand over the weekend.

NO DISCHARGE NEXT WEEK?

Eskom further indicates that its emergency generation reserves have been replenished and would be able to support the system next week, meaning that load shedding can possibly be avoided during this period.

“Although we have brought these generators back, the onset of winter has seen demand increase and this will lead to a constrained system throughout the winter. We therefore urge all South Africans to continue to use the electricity sparingly. We currently have 3,872 MW in planned maintenance, while an additional 13,326 MW is unavailable due to outages”

Sikonathi Mantshantsha, Eskom spokesperson

The parastatal thanked South Africans for their patience during this period, having reintroduced load shedding several weeks ago.

“We remind the public that load shedding is only implemented as a last resort to protect the national grid,” Mantshantsha added.