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Load-shedding: Eskom REDUCES blackouts to Stage 3


Oct 28, 2021

In somewhat good news: Eskom has downgraded load-shedding to stage 3 on Thursday evening from 21:00 until Friday at 05:00. Stage 2 of the power cuts will subsequently kick in, as per the initial schedule, until Saturday morning at 05:00.

The embattled power utility had earlier contradicted Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and confirmed to The South African that load-shedding was still on stage 4, which had been implemented on Wednesday. Gordhan had held a media briefing, during which he said 2 000 megawatts of power would be restored within hours, meaning load-shedding was to be reduced to stage 3. 


Eskom has attributed the decision to downgrade load-shedding to stage 3 to units at some of its power stations having returned to service.

“Over the past 24 hours a unit each at the Koeberg, Medupi, Kriel, Duvha, Kusile and Tutuka power stations returned to service, helping to ease the current capacity constraints. Unfortunately, during this time, a unit each at Majuba and Arnot power stations tripped while a single unit at Matla was forced to shut down,” said spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha.

Mantshantsha adds that while this has allowed space to reduce the utilisation of emergency generation reserves, it is still to enough to end the current load-shedding. He says the next two days will be used to further improve the emergency reserves in preparation for the week ahead.

Total breakdowns currently amount to 14 161MW while planned maintenance is 5 449MW of capacity. We remind customers and the public that loadshedding is implemented as a last resort to maintain the stability of the power system regardless of the stage of loadshedding as the power system remains to be effectively controlled.

Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha

Eskom has also assured the public that there is very low probability of a system collapse, and therefore, no cause for alarm.

“We would like again to apologise for the inconvenience caused to the people of South Africa, particularly the education fraternity who is negatively affected by the loadshedding while sitting for the matriculation exams,” Mantshantsha added.

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