Eskom to suspend load-shedding for 24 hours

Eskom has announced that it will suspend load-shedding from noon on Saturday, 9 December 2023, until 17:00.

The power utility will implement another load-shedding suspension from 21:00 on Saturday until 16:00 on Sunday, 10 December.

“Due to improved generation capacity availability and adequate emergency reserves, load-shedding will be suspended at 12:00 midday today until 17:00,” it said.

“Thereafter, load-shedding will be suspended again from 21:00 today until 16:00 on Sunday. Eskom will publish the week outlook tomorrow afternoon and communicate should any significant changes occur.”

Stage 2 load-shedding will be in effect between 17:00 and 21:00 on Saturday.

According to the load-shedding schedule published on Friday, Eskom previously planned to implement Stage 3 during the evening on Saturday.

Eskom had 7,321MW of generating capacity offline for planned maintenance, with a further 13,461MW unavailable due to breakdowns when it published the weekend load-shedding timetable.

“Approximately 2,100MW of generating capacity is anticipated to return to service by Monday morning,” it said.

The state-owned power utility expects evening peak demand to reach 26,290MW over the weekend, and it thanked those who make the effort to reduce their energy consumption.

“This lowers demand and helps in alleviating the pressure on the power system and contributes to lower stages of load-shedding,” it added.

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