Eskom makes U-turn, halts Tuesday night’s load-shedding

Eskom has returned 4 of its era models to service and, in an about-turn, stated on Tuesday afternoon that it had cancelled load-shedding plans for the night.

“We’ve cancelled stage 1 for this night. No load-shedding to be applied tonight,” Eskom stated in tweet. “Having efficiently returned 4 era models to service … no load-shedding was applied because the era capability improved. Whereas two extra models are anticipated to return to service [on Wednesday], one other two models will probably be taken offline tonight for pressing upkeep,” stated the facility utility.

Stage 1 load-shedding is now anticipated to be applied from 4pm till 10pm on Wednesday. The nation’s energy system remained “unreliable and weak”.

Unplanned breakdowns amounted to 9,424MW of capability, including to the 5,246MW out on deliberate upkeep.

“Eskom groups are working across the clock to return as many of those era models to service as potential,” it added.