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No loadshedding planned for tomorrow, but the system remains constrained and volatile
Saturday, 19 October 2019: While Eskom is currently implementing Stage 1 rotational loadshedding until 23:00, no loadshedding is planned for tomorrow, 20 October 2019.
 
The power system however remains constrained and volatile and while Eskom is making every effort to limit loadshedding, it could be implemented at short notice should there be a significant shift in plant performance and increased unplanned technical breakdowns.  
 
While some units returned to service as planned, emergency diesel and water reserves had to be used today, to supplement capacity, as generating units returned later than expected. Eskom hopes to replenish diesel reserves for our open cycle gas turbines and to increase water levels at our pumped storage schemes so as to avoid and minimise loadshedding in the coming week.
 
Plans are progressing well to repair the conveyor belt at Medupi power station to achieve full operation, and to expedite the return of units that experienced technical problems.
 
We will keep South Africans informed about the status of the electricity system and our recovery efforts throughout this period.
 
As we are experiencing a heat wave in some parts of the country, we ask customers to use air conditioners efficiently at 23ºC.
 
Eskom would like to thank customers for their support in reducing demand by using electricity sparingly and industrial customers for their participation in load curtailment, when necessary.
 
 
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