- Eskom to end load-shedding for Saturday night but it is set to implement power cuts on Sunday morning
- The very short reprieve for South Africans is due to improved power generation improvements
- The power utility has stressed that they are still under enormous pressure and constraints
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Eskom has reported that it will halt load-shedding on Saturday afternoon but will resume load-shedding on Sunday morning.
Briefly.co.za learned that load-shedding is set to end on Saturday at 5pm but resume on Sunday at 8am. The small window of relief for South Africans is due to improved generation performance.
“Two generation units have successfully returned to service earlier than expected this morning and the pumped-storage schemes have recovered adequately, setting us on a good course to full recovery by Monday morning.
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“Unplanned breakdowns have reduced, giving us some reprieve from load-shedding during the night while affording us some headroom to replenish the emergency reserves to better meet the week’s demand. Unplanned outages or breakdowns were at 10,553MW as at 08:00 this morning, while planned maintenance is 5, 679MW,” Eskom said in a statement.
However, Eskom said that the system was still unpredictable and was suffering severe limitations according to the sowetanlive.co.za.
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But the utility added: “Even though we can provide some relief tonight, the system remains unpredictable and constrained, and as such we remind customers that any shift in the system performance will require a change in the stage of load-shedding at short notice.
“Eskom also reminds South Africans that there is a possibility of increased load-shedding over the next 18 months as we are conducting critical maintenance to restore the ageing plant to good health.”
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