Eskom will pause loadshedding at 5 p.m. today because of improved performance by its elevctricity generating units. But power cuts will resum on Sunday Morning.
"Two generation units have successfully returned to service earlier than expected this morning and the pumped-storage schemes have recovered adequately, setting us on a good course to full recovery by Monday morning," said Eskom in a statement issued on Saturday morning.
The power utility added that unplanned breakdowns in of its generating units have also reduced, and it now has some headroom to replenish the emergency reserves to better meet this week's demand. Unplanned breakdowns set at 10 553MW by 8am on Saturdays morning, decreasing from 11 562MW on Friday morning and a high of 12 225MW on Thursday afternoon. Planned maintenance stood at 5 679MW.
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Earlier in the week, Eskom anticipated that stage 2 load shedding will continue until 6 a.m. on Sunday morning.
The news that improved units' performance will now allow Eskom go provide some relief to customers during the night will likely be a welcome relief to people in areas like Johannesburg and Limpopo which are experiencing rains since early hours of Saturday morning. The South African Weather Services issued heavy rains and localised flooding alerts for most of Limpopo and some towns in Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape on Saturday morning.
But the power utility said while it's able to provide some relief tonight, the system remains unpredictable and constrained. As a result, load shedding will return at 8am on Sunday at 8 a.m.