Loadshedding will be suspended at 12:00 as generation capacity sufficiently recovers

Saturday, 07 May 2022: The power system has recovered to a point where load shedding can be stopped at 12:00 on Saturday. Generation units at Matla, Majuba, Grootvlei and Kendal power stations as well as the non-commercial Kusile unit have returned to service this morning. A further unit each at Matimba and Arnot power stations are expected to return to service today.

The emergency reserves have been adequately replenished and are available to support the system next week.

Although we have brought back these generators, the onset of winter has seen increased demand and this will lead to a constrained system throughout the winter. We therefore urge all South Africans to continue using electricity sparingly.

We currently have 3 872MW on planned maintenance, while another 13 326MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.

Eskom would again like thank the people of South Africa for their patience and support during this period of loadshedding. We remind the public that loadshedding is implemented only as a last resort to protect the national grid.


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