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Eskom Eases Loadshedding to Stage 2 as Emergency Reserves Stabilize

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Johannesburg: South Africa’s power utility Eskom has announced it is reducing loadshedding to Stage 2 from Stage 3 starting from 5pm today until 4pm on Monday, following earlier emergency measures to stabilize the national power grid.

Eskom commenced Stage 3 loadshedding at 2 am this morning due to constrained emergency reserves. However, these measures have led to a stabilization of the system, allowing for a scale-back to Stage 2 loadshedding effective immediately. South Africans have been enduring rolling blackouts due to the utility’s difficulty in meeting electricity demand.

In preparation for the increased energy use that comes with the start of the work week, Eskom stated that from 4pm on Monday, Stage 3 loadshedding will resume and last until 5 am on Tuesday. Subsequently, Stage 2 loadshedding will again take place from 5 am until 4 pm that day.

The pattern of alternating Stage 2 and Stage 3 loadshedding will continue daily until the company provides further updates. Eskom emphasized that any significant changes will be communicated promptly.

Current reports from Eskom indicate unplanned outages resulting in 14,341MW of generating capacity loss, along with 7,931MW unavailable due to planned maintenance. The power utility’s teams are exerting all efforts to restore an additional 1,450MW of generating capacity by Tuesday.

According to Eskom’s evening peak demand forecast, the expected demand is projected to hit 25,307MW tonight. This energy requirement puts considerable strain on the national grid, necessitating the continuation of loadshedding.

Eskom has expressed gratitude to those citizens who are actively reducing their electricity usage, especially during peak hours from 17:00 to 21:00. The simple acts of turning off geysers and pool pumps during these times can significantly decrease demand and, consequently, help minimize the extent of loadshedding.

“We would like to thank those who heed the call to use electricity sparingly and efficiently, including switching off geysers and pool pumps from 17:00 to 21:00. This lowers demand and helps in alleviating the pressure on the power system, contributing to lower stages of loadshedding,” said Eskom in an official statement.

Eskom loadshedding
Eskom loadshedding


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