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Stage 1 loadshedding will be implemented from 06h00 until 23:00 today
Friday, 10 January 2020: Eskom will stop Stage 2 loadshedding at 06:00 this morning, at
which point Stage 1 will be implemented until 23:00. This is as a result of an improved
prognosis for the day as some generating units return to service.
 
Our pumped storage schemes have been sufficiently replenished, and we continue to
work to improve on the levels of diesel at our open cycle gas turbine generators. These
emergency reserves will be used to supplement generation capacity today. Our intention
is, however, to use as little diesel as possible in order to manage our costs. Our diesel
generators will therefore only be used in the event of emergencies to back up our other
units.
 
Our teams continue to work around the clock to return units from planned and unplanned
outages. Owing to inadequate maintenance over a number of years, the system remains
vulnerable to unplanned outages or breakdowns which are at 12 098 MW as at 04:00 on
Friday morning.
 
We remind customers that loadshedding is an essential and controlled measure to ensure
that the integrity of the grid is not compromised.
 
In order to plan their activities, Eskom customers can check their loadshedding schedules
on the Eskom website (loadshedding.eskom.co.za) or through the customer contact centre
on 0860037566.
 
We will give South Africans regular updates about our prognosis for the weekend and the
coming working week.
 
We continue to ask customers to reduce demand as a concerted collective effort can help
to avoid or reduce the level of loadshedding.