Monday, 12 February 2024: Over the past 24 hours, Eskom has returned to service five generating units which will allow the emergency reserves to be adequately replenished by Tuesday morning. This will enable the reduction of loadshedding to Stage 3 from 05:00 on Tuesday until 16:00. Stage 4 loadshedding will then be implemented from 16:00 on Tuesday until 05:00 on Wednesday. This alternating pattern of Stage 3 loadshedding from 05:00 to 16:00 and Stage 4 loadshedding from 16:00 to 05:00 will be repeated daily until further notice. Eskom will closely monitor the power system and communicate any changes to loadshedding should it be required.
Unplanned outages have reduced to 14 579MW of generating capacity, while the capacity out of service for planned maintenance is at 7 316MW.
Eskom Power Station General Managers and their teams continue to work diligently to ensure that additional generating units are brought back to service. A total of 2 150MW of generating capacity is planned to be returned to service by Wednesday.
Eskom’s evening peak demand tonight is 26 902MW.
We would like to appeal to members of the public to use electricity sparingly and efficiently, including switching off geysers and pool pumps from 17:00 to 21:00. This lowers demand and helps in alleviating the pressure on the power system, contributing to lower stages of loadshedding.