UPDATE | Load shedding reduced to Stage 1 on Friday - but could return on the weekend

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Load shedding will be implemented for the fifth time this week, running from 17:00 to 22:00 on Friday, Eskom said in a statement.

However, the utility said, some recovery in generation capacity means it will be stage 1. A "low probability" of load shedding remains over the weekend.

Eskom returned a generating unit to service at Kusile and Majuba power stations, while a unit each at Camden and Kriel power stations were taken offline for repairs. 

"Eskom will continue to closely monitor the system with a view to adjusting the stage of loadshedding accordingly," said spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha earlier in the day. 

Since Thursday afternoon a generating unit each at the Majuba, Tutuka, Grootvlei, Kriel and Matimba power stations were returned to service.

A total of 2 094MW on planned maintenance, while another 15 997MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns. 

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