Eskom has moved to suspend stage 1 load shedding on Sunday, 29 May 2022, due to some improvement in generation capacity.
The power utility has been carrying out load shedding during the evening peak these past few weeks as it struggles to meet the demand for electricity. On Saturday, Eskom reduced load shedding from stage 2 to stage 1, but warned that its system remain constrained.
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ESKOM: RISK OF LOAD SHEDDING REMAINS
While the suspension of the rolling blackouts is good news for frustrated South Africans, Eskom has said that the risk of more rolling blackouts remains, so don’t put those candles away just yet. At this point, it isn’t clear whether citizens should brace for more load shedding this week, but the parastatal will likely make an announcement, should the need arise.
“Due to a marginal improvement in the generation capacity, loadshedding has been suspended. While this is the case currently, Eskom cautions the public that as the shortage of generation capacity persists, the system will continue to be constrained with an elevated risk of loadshedding over the coming weeks,” said Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha in a brief statement issued on Sunday.
He adds that they will continue to closely monitor the utility’s system, adjust and communicate any changes as may be necessary. In the meantime, South Africans have been urged to help limit the impact of the shortages by continuing to reduce the usage of electricity and to switch off all of their non-essential household items.
“We currently have 4 331MW on planned maintenance, while another 13 805MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns. We would like to remind the public that loadshedding is implemented only as a last resort to protect the national grid. We therefore urge all South Africans to continue using electricity sparingly especially between 05:00 – 09:00 in the mornings and 16:00 – 22:00 in the evenings”Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha