Eskom ramps up load-shedding to stage 3 for the weekend, downgrades again on Sunday morning

15 February 2020 - 08:34 By Matthew Savides
Eskom on Saturday warned South Africans to expect at least stage 3 load-shedding until Monday morning. Stock photo.
Eskom on Saturday warned South Africans to expect at least stage 3 load-shedding until Monday morning. Stock photo.
Image: 123RF/Anan Punyod

State electricity utility Eskom downgraded weekend load-shedding to stage 2 on Sunday morning, after initially saying stage 3 would continue until Monday morning.

This was because four generating units "successfully returned to service" on Saturday night. 

On Saturday, Eskom said stage 3 rotational power cuts would be in place from 9am Saturday until 5am Monday.

Despite some units returning to service on Friday night, stage 3 shedding was needed to “accommodate the shortage of capacity and to replenish emergency reserves”, said the statement.

“Unplanned outages or breakdowns were at 10,612MW as at 6am this morning [Saturday], while planned maintenance is at 6,574MW.

“As the system is vulnerable, any additional changes on the system performance may require a shift in stage at short notice.”

* This story has been updated since it was first published on Saturday


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