Eskom released a power update on Wednesday evening saying that it did not expect to implement any stage of load shedding during the nationwide 21-day coronavirus lockdown that President Cyril Ramaphosa declared on Monday evening.
Ramaphosa told South Africans that a lockdown would be implemented, effectively, from Friday (23:59 Thursday evening) in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.
South Africa has seen an exponential rise in the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases, with 709 as at Wednesday morning. During his address, Ramaphosa stressed that South Africans should adjust their behaviour to avoid a spike in cases, which would overwhelm the public healthcare system.
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The power update said Eskom's personnel were exempt from the provisions of the lockdown and did not expect any impediments to the generation and supply of electricity during the period of the lockdown.
"Eskom does not expect to implement load shedding during the Covid-19 lockdown, but the possibility that loadshedding may be implemented remains," the power update said.
The power update said unplanned outages or breakdowns were at 12 175 MW as at 16:20 on Wednesday afternoon and planned maintenance outages were at 4 256 MW.