Eskom has given South Africa a small New Year’s Eve reprieve after confirming load shedding will be suspended ahead of the long weekend.
Just as the President Cyril Ramaphosa announced new Level 3 regulations, Eskom handed the country a double blow with two nights of Stage 2 load shedding to help ease the burden on the grid, with unexpected breakdowns straining our power resources.
“Eskom will use the the lower demand opportunity to replenish the emergency generation reserves in preparation for the higher demand expected during January as economic activity resumes,” said Eskom in a statement.
The power company is still struggling with unplanned breakdowns requiring maintenance. Currently, 11 334MW capacity is offline due to unplanned maintenance.
“Eskom requests the people of South Africa to continue using electricity sparingly as the system remains vulnerable and unstable,” they said. “We thank the people for their support and patience during the times of load shedding. Eskom will communicate timeously should there be any significant changes to the power system.”