Eskom to suspend load shedding from 11pm

While Eskom's generating capacity has improved allowing it to suspend loadshedding tonight, it warned that the system remained "vulnerable and unpredictable". Photo: Getty Images
While Eskom's generating capacity has improved allowing it to suspend loadshedding tonight, it warned that the system remained "vulnerable and unpredictable". Photo: Getty Images

Eskom says it will suspend load shedding from 11pm on Monday, thanks to the return of more generators to service.

The power utility implemented load shedding from Thursday, and although this was expected only to last until Sunday night, Eskom extended the blackouts on Monday, as some of the units that were supposed to return to service on Sunday were delayed.

On Monday evening, Eskom said that over the past 24 hours, its teams had returned two generation units each at Kusile and Kriel, and one at Tutuka Power Station, to service. Two more generation units were expected to return to service on Tuesday. The power utility added that its emergency generation reserves had also adequately recovered. 

"Eskom would like to thank the people of South Africa for their patience and understanding during the load shedding," the company wrote in a statement.

It warned, however, that while the supply situation has improved, people must continue to use electricity sparingly as the system remains "vulnerable and unpredictable".

"As Eskom has regularly stated, the risk of load shedding remains elevated while we conduct increased reliability maintenance," added the power utility.

Eskom said it had 4 920 MW of generating capacity down for planned maintenance on Monday evening, while another 13 897 MW was unavailable due to unplanned maintenance, breakdowns and outage delays.

Compiled by Londiwe Buthelezi

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