Eskom eases load shedding to stage 1, but another dark week ahead

Eskom eases load shedding to stage 1, but another dark week ahead

South Africans can expect rolling blackouts for another week.


Eskom announced on Tuesday that it would continue to implement load shedding until Saturday.

The power utility's spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha says the system remains constrained.

"Load shedding will be reduced to stage 1 from 05:00 on Wednesday and will continue until 05:00 on Saturday as the generation system is still severely constrained."

Load shedding was implemented almost a week ago.

Mantshantsha adds the power utility is making headway but not enough to keep the lights on.

"Since Monday, Eskom teams successfully returned four generation units at Kusile, Grootvlei, Kriel and Matla, as well as the Cahora Bassa line from Mozambique. However, this has not been sufficient to suspend load shedding at this point.

"During this period, we have lost generation capacity at Medupi, Arnot and Komati power stations. Additionally, the return to service of four other units has been delayed, prolonging the need to continue implementing load shedding.

“Eskom is working hard to return the units back to service as soon as possible," says Mantshantsha.


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