Eskom to suspend load shedding on Sunday

Power utility Eskom says that emergency generation reserves have adequately recovered, allowing load shedding to be suspended from 21:00 on Sunday evening.

On Saturday the group implemented stage 2 load shedding, which it said would last until 05:00 on Monday.

Eskom said it anticipates a return to service of approximately 4,100MW of generation capacity by Monday evening, which would further ease the capacity constraints.

“At Medupi power station the coal supply has normalised and a generating unit has returned to service. While the Kendal ash plant has returned to full operation, unfortunately, the station has suffered failures of two generating units.

“We have had further breakdowns of a unit each at Kriel, Komati and Arnot power stations, as well as a delay in returning a unit to service at Tutuka.”

Total breakdowns amount to 13,634MW while planned maintenance is 6,348MW of capacity as we continue with the reliability maintenance, it said.

The power utility has warned in a summer load shedding forecast for 2021/2022 that its system is likely to remain severely constrained for the near 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

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