Stage 6 loadshedding has come to an end and Stage 4 will be rolled out from Friday night instead, Eskom announced.
This comes after the country faced Stage 6 black-outs this week, leaving residents and businesses without power for at least four hours at a time.
Eskom has however retracted their earlier statement of a continuation of Stage 6 loadshedding on Friday night.
This is due to lower than anticipated demand, Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha.
“Loadshedding will continue to be implemented at Stage 4 until 22:00 tonight (previously Stage 6). Loadshedding will then be lowered to Stage 2 until 07:00 on Saturday morning. Stage 4 loadshedding will then be implemented at 07:00 to 22:00 on both Saturday and Sunday.”Sikonathi Mantshantsha
COUNTRY MOVES TO STAGE 2 DURING THE WEEKEND
The country will move down to Stage 2 again on both Saturday and Sunday between 22:00 and 07:00.
“Eskom cautions that this small reprieve is due to lower than anticipated demand during the weekend and continues to evaluate the situation and closely monitor the system. We will communicate and implement any changes as may be necessary,” said Mantshantsha.
STAGE 6 GONE – FOR NOW
While the news of a loadshedding downgrade might be a relief to the country, the cancellation of Stage 6 could change.
Mantshantsha said any necessary changes to be implemented will be communicated.
“We currently have 3 104MW on planned maintenance, while another 17 431MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns. Eskom thanks all workers who have reported for duty and who continue to perform diligently under extremely challenging conditions.”
ESKOM APPEALS TO UNION MEMBERS TO RETURN
The power utility has requested union members to abide by the call from union heads to return to work immediately.
Workers at Eskom’s power stations have been in a wage war with the power utility, leading to ongoing loadshedding.
“The unlawful strike has a serious detrimental impact not only on Eskom, but also on the broader South African public and economy. Union members who work in a designated essential service, have a legal and moral obligation to return to work in order to safeguard South Africa from further loadshedding,” Mantshantsha said.