Eskom announced that load shedding will be reduced to Stage 1 from 05:00 today and will continue until 05:00 on Saturday, 20 March 2021.
Four generation units at Kusile, Grootvlei, Kriel, Matla and Cahora Bassa line from Mozambique have been restored since Monday, 15 March 2021. According to Eskom, the restoration and return of these units are however not sufficient to suspend load shedding just yet.
In the time that the units have been restored, Eskom has lost generation capacity at the Medupi, Arnot, and Komati power stations.
In addition, the return of four other units have been delayed which has increased the need to continue executing load shedding.
In their statement, Eskom said that they are working hard to return the units back to service as soon as possible.
They said, “We currently have 5 850MW on planned maintenance, while another 13 443MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns and delays. This has led to our inability to supply the full demand.”
Eskom further noted that the possibility of continued load shedding remained high due to the implementation of reliability maintenance which caused more strain on the system.
Due to the vulnerability and unpredictability of the system at this stage, Eskom has urged the public to use electricity sparingly and commits to communicate any significant changes to the power system timeously.