Eskom: Load Shedding Could Resume At Short Notice

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South Africans could soon find themselves back in the dark after Eskom has issued a statement calling for South Africans to use electricity sparingly, as the threat of load shedding looms large over the country.


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South Africans could soon find themselves back in the dark after Eskom has issued a statement calling for South Africans to use electricity sparingly, as the threat of load shedding looms large over the country.
On Friday, South Africa’s power utility, Eskom suspended load shedding as more generation capacity came online and an expected reduction in demand for electricity during the long weekend. This announcement was welcomed by South Africans who had to deal with rolling blackouts for two weeks prior to the announcement.
Last week, Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan said that he did not expect load shedding to continue over the long weekend and disrupt the 2021 Local Government Elections.
He said, “Over the weekend, load shedding will stop, which means that as South Africans go to the polls and as the counting of votes continues on Monday and over the next few days, there will be no load shedding, unless there is an unexpected event, which I am assured by the board and Eskom management is an unlikely event”
Less than 24 hours after the final ballots were cast, Eskom announced that load shedding could be implemented at any time if generation breakdowns occur or if generation units could not return to service as expected.
The power utility says that over the past 24 hours, generation units returned to service at the Camden, Kendal and Medupi power stations. However, during the same period of time, two-generation units tripped, one from the Arnot power station and another at Hendrina power stations. Units were also forced to shut down at the Arnot and Lethabo power stations.
Eskom says that current breakdowns mean 14 618MW is offline while further 4 036MW of capacity is offline due to planned maintenance.
‘We would like again to apologise for the inconvenience caused to the people of South Africa, particularly the education fraternity who is negatively affected by the load shedding while sitting for the matriculation exams’, said Eskom.

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