Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 9:03pm
Eskom announced on its website today that its teams have successfully returned four generation units to service which helped to relieve pressure on the system.
The statement went on to say that the repair of the generation units returned more than 1 500MW capacity to the system which increased the system's generation capacity to more than 3 500MW.
This is the most its been since the 10th of July.
Available capacity has risen to more than 34 000MW, the highest so far this year. We have also been able to replenish our emergency reserves, which are crucial to protect the national grid from the possibility of multiple generation unit trips.
This is enough for Eskom to suspend this period of load shedding starting tonight from 22:00 with no load shedding expected for the rest of the week.
The statement further says that while it was able to suspend this current period of load shedding, members of the public are urged to continue reducing the usage of heating appliances, geysers and other appliances as the system remains unpredictable and unreliable.
"Eskom thanks the people of South Africa for their assistance in managing electricity demand in very cold weather over the past week. We will communicate should there be any significant changes to the supply situation."