Eskom hoping to ease load-shedding over the next few days

Eskom hoping to ease load-shedding over the next few days

Eskom says pressure on the national grid will hopefully improve on Thursday and Friday.


The power utility's Andrew Etzinger said Eskom expects the demand for electricity to drop on Thursday, when South Africa commemorates Human Rights Day.


"The low electricity demand on both Thursday and Friday will start to lessen the burden on the grid and that makes it possible to reduce the level of load shedding." 


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Etzinger says it’s difficult to say with certainty when Stage 4 load-shedding will be a thing of the past, as a number of factors needs to be taken into account. 


"On to which stage we find ourselves on Thursday and Friday will depend on a few factors I can't be too definitive.


"But certainly our aspiration is to reduce the level to Stage 1or Stage 2 either Thursday and Friday.”

The embattled power utility implemented Stage 4 for the fifth consecutive day on Wednesday.


During a media briefing on Tuesday, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan acknowledged the burden load-shedding has had on South Africans, but he admitted that there is no magic formula to end the rolling blackouts.


Gordhan said the government will be able to give more insight on how the power cuts will be curbed when the various task teams release their findings over the next 10 to 14 days.

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