Eskom on track to lift load shedding this weekend: CEO

Eskom chief executive Andre de Ruyter says that the power utility has seen a good recovery since the country was forced to introduce stage 4 load shedding at the start of the week.

In a virtual media briefing on Wednesday (10 November), de Ruyter said that as of 15h00 there is 7,200MW of planned maintenance taking place. This means that units have deliberately been taken offline at a number of power stations for maintenance.

“Summer months typically have lower demand overall which means that this is the preferred time to do maintenance, but the increase in temperatures has led to an increase in water temperature which has led to unplanned breakdowns,” he said.

De Ruyter added that there is now 11,130MW off the grid due to unplanned outages or breakdowns – a significant improvement since the country moved to stage 4 load shedding, where at one point the utility faced as much as 17,000MW in unplanned outages.

He said that a return of a unit each at Matimba and Majuba later this evening should add a further 800MW to the grid, which will further help preserve reserves.

These improvements put the utility on track to lift load shedding on Saturday, provided no further breakdowns occur.

The current load shedding forecast is as follows:

  • Stage 3 load shedding from 05h00 on Wednesday to 05h00 on Friday;
  • Stage 2 load shedding from 05h00 on Friday to 05h00 on Saturday;
  • Load shedding is expected to be lifted from 05h00 on Saturday.

Schedules

Load shedding is expected to feature in South Africa for the foreseeable future.

For people living in the major metros, load shedding schedules are available here:

For access to other load shedding schedules, Eskom has made them available on loadshedding.eskom.co.za.


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