No load shedding anticipated on Saturday

The power system was stable on Saturday morning, making the risk of load shedding low, Eskom said.

“South Africans have gone five weeks without experiencing load shedding,” the power utility said in a statement.

However, Eskom raised the possibility of load shedding next week due to maintenance issues.

“In the next week, we will undertake planned maintenance on the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric scheme together with Hidroelectrica de Cahora Bassa (HCB).

“As a result, South Africa will get 650MW instead of the 1500MW that is normally imported from Cahora Bassa on a daily basis,” it said.

The maintenance would start on Monday and was expected to be completed on Sunday. The scheme was expected to be back on full power on Monday, September 21.

“The power system will be tight, particularly over the weekday evening peak periods from Tuesday 15 September to Friday 18 September. Eskom will utilise its emergency reserves to augment the capacity shortfall as a result of this planned outage.”

– African News Agency (ANA)

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