'Low probability' of load shedding this weekend

'Low probability' of load shedding this weekend

The struggling power utility has been switching off the lights between 5pm and 10pm this week due to a lack of generation power.

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Eskom eased the rolling blackouts to stage 1 on Friday due to some recovery in the generation capacity in the afternoon. 

"Barring any significant breakdowns, there is a low probability of load shedding being implemented during the weekend," said Eskom's Sikonathi Mantshantsha.

"This (Friday) afternoon, Eskom teams have returned a generating unit to service at Kusile and Majuba power stations. Meanwhile, a unit each at Camden and Kriel power stations were taken offline for repairs.

"We currently have 2 094MW on planned maintenance, while another 15 997MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns."

Mantshantsha said the utility expects more generating units to return to service over the weekend.

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