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Eskom suspends load-shedding

South Africa’s power utility Eskom has announced the suspension of load-shedding after the demand for electricity dropped as the country heads into the weekend.

South Africans have had to endure two consecutive nights without electricity after Eskom decided to implement load-shedding. Eskom said it implemented the load-shedding in order to recover and preserve emergency generation that has been utilised to support the system during the week following an earlier planned shutdown at one of their power stations.

Although load-shedding has been suspended Eskom has warned that the system remains vulnerable and unstable and high demands are expected in the coming week.

“We will use the lower demand opportunity during the weekend to continue replenishing the emergency reserves in preparation for the expected high demand during the coming week,”

The power utility said it will use this time to continue with maintenance at some of their stations.

“We currently have 6 060MW of capacity on planned maintenance, while another 13 206MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns and other load losses,”

Eskom has also encouraged South Africans to continue using electricity sparingly. It has also promised to communicate timeously should there be any significant change to their power system.

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