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Eskom requests the public to reduce the usage of electricity as the power system is still under severe pressure, with a high probability of loadshedding

Wednesday, 26 May 2021: With the assistance of the people of South Africa, Eskom was able to avoid loadshedding last night. Eskom would again like to appeal to the public to help the country get through these constraints by reducing the usage of electricity.
As the shortage of generation capacity still persists, caused by breakdowns in generation units and delays in others returning to service, Eskom continues to experience supply constraints. While no loadshedding is anticipated at this point, Eskom could be forced to implement Stage 1 or, if necessary, Stage 2 loadshedding at short notice should any further breakdowns occur. This is most likely to occur between 17:00 and 22:00 in the evening. 
The current outlook for the remainder of the week is expected to improve as Eskom teams are working tirelessly to return more generators to service.
Breakdowns are currently totalling 13 899MW of capacity, while another 2 220MW is unavailable due to planned maintenance.
Eskom will communicate promptly should there be any significant changes to the system.

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