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No loadshedding expected tomorrow as outlook is positive, with four generation units returning to service
Sunday, 23 February 2020: With the planned return of four generation units, as well as adequate emergency reserves, Eskom does not expect to implement rotational loadshedding tomorrow. The generation system held up sufficiently during the weekend, helping us to avoid implementing loadshedding on Sunday. However, the generation plant remains unreliable and unpredictable and, the possibility remains that loadshedding may be implemented at short notice, should there be major changes in the performance of the generation system. We will continue to provide regular updates.
 
Unplanned outages or breakdowns have increased to 11 205MW as at 15:40 this afternoon while planned maintenance is 6 077MW.
 
Four generation units, at Kriel, Medupi, Majuba and Tutuka power stations are expected to return to service tomorrow. This will further increase generation capacity and help us to avoid loadshedding. 
 
Eskom wishes to remind South Africans that there is a possibility of increased loadshedding over the next 18 months as we are conducting critical maintenance to restore the ageing plant to good health.
 
We request customers to continue to use electricity sparingly and to assist us in reducing demand:
  • Set air-conditioners’ average temperature at 23ºC
  • Switch off your geysers over peak periods
  • Use the cold water tap rather than using the geyser every time
  • Set your swimming pool pump cycle to run twice a day, three hours at a time
  • At the end of the day, turn off computers, copiers, printers and fax machines at the switch.
 
We appeal to customers to revisit their loadshedding schedules on the Eskom (http://loadshedding.eskom.co.za) or local municipal websites, depending on their electricity supplier, to review amendments.      
 
 
ENDS