Eskom stage 1 load shedding is back

Having been without load shedding since the 24th of April, Eskom announced it has implemented stage 1 rolling blackouts.

Load shedding is expected to continue from 18h00 – 22h00, Eskom said.

The news follows a day of Eskom celebrating its successful maintenance schedule which took place over the long weekend.

Eskom’s acting Chief Executive Brian Molefe said in a statement on Tuesday the maintenance teams were able to perform planned maintenance on 2303 MW of generating plant over the long weekend. They also returned 1643 MW of generating capacity back to service.

“Besides the 1600MW of planned outages brought back online over the long-weekend, unplanned outages are down from 9 500MW to about 6000MW,” Eskom said.

The company also noted that unit 6 of the Medupi power station produced over 500MW on Tuesday, “making steady progress towards the targeted 800MW by June this year”.

Energy expert, Chris Yellend warned, however, that South African’s shouldn’t get optimistic about the apparent lull in load shedding, saying that blackouts would definitely be back, and would continue for the next two years.

“The problem cannot be solved overnight and it requires major investment,” he said.

Update: Load shedding was stopped at 19:41.

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