Tuesday, 18 May 2021: Eskom is pleased to announce that due to an improvement in the power system, loadshedding will be suspended from 04:00 this morning. Over the past 24 hours Eskom teams have returned seven generation units to service. This has helped ease the supply constraints, and enabled Eskom to suspend loadshedding at this point. However, this is currently insufficient to fully supply the evening peak. Stage 2 loadshedding will therefore again be implemented from 17:00 until 22:00 tonight.
The outlook for the remainder of the week is expected to improve as Eskom teams are working tirelessly to return more generators to service.
We are currently experiencing high evening peaks, which is typical of the winter demand period. Should there be any further deterioration in the generation capacity, loadshedding may be necessary, most likely between 17:00 and 22:00 during the winter period.
Eskom would like to request the public to continue using electricity sparingly as the system remains vulnerable. We thank the people of South Africa for their understanding during this time of loadshedding.