Eskom: Load-shedding suspended, resumes AGAIN on Sunday

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In case you missed it: Eskom has pumped the brakes on load-shedding on Saturday evening, 5 June 2021, citing a slight improvement in its emergency generation reserves – but apparently not good enough to stave off more of the power cuts. Stage 1 Load-shedding will return on Sunday afternoon until 22:00.

“With an adequate improvement in generation reserves during the past 24 hours loadshedding will be suspended from 22:00 tonight,” Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha said in a brief statement.

“In order to continue with the replenishment of the emergency generation reserves in preparation for the week ahead, Stage 1 loadshedding will again be implemented between 17:00 and 22:00 on Sunday night”

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Sikonathi Mantshantsha, Eskom spokesperson

Eskom’s systems ‘remain constrained’ – more load-shedding likely?

The power utility has warned South Africans its system “remains constrained and vulnerable” – which usually translates to a possibility of load-shedding being implemented at the very last minute.

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For now, it appears the power cuts are only expected to be rolled out on Sunday. The utility had previously indicated that more bouts of load-shedding were on the cards this winter and has called on the public to continue applying “electricity-saving” measures, so as to reduce pressure of its grid.

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“The power system remains constrained and vulnerable and Eskom will communicate promptly should there be any changes. These capacity constraints will continue for the foreseeable future and all South Africans are urged to reduce their use of electricity, particularly between 17:00 and 22:00, when the winter demand is the highest,” Mantshantsha added.

Eskom CEO Andre De Ruyter has apologised to South Africans, who have understandably been outraged for the latest rounds of load-shedding and assured them that they’re attending to the power crisis.

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“We’re working hard at catching up on maintenance that has been deferred and postponed. When I assumed my role in January last year, we communicated that during the so-called reliability recovery programme there would be an increase in the risk of load-shedding while we do this maintenance,” he said at the time.

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