Due to the reduced demand and the much improved weather, Eskom will reduce loadshedding to Stage 3 starting at 08:00 until 22:00 today. In order to replenish the emergency generation reserves, loadshedding will then continue into the weekend. The system remains unreliable and vulnerable and Eskom will continue to communicate the stage of loadshedding should there be any further developments.
Eskom teams have successfully returned a generation unit each at Tutuka, Matla, Majuba and the Camden power stations. However, two other units suffered breakdowns during the period.
Unplanned breakdowns amount to 11 185MW of capacity, adding to the 5 040MW currently out on planned maintenance. Eskom teams are working around the clock to return as many of these generation units to service as possible.
We urge the people of South Africa to help reduce electricity usage in order to assist Eskom to reduce the instance of loadshedding.