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Eskom announces loadshedding ‘break’ for Tuesday 18 May 2021

Andile Sicetsha - 18.05.2021

Loadshedding will only return on Tuesday evening.

In a statement released in the wee hours of Tuesday, Eskom announced that loadshedding is suspended for much of the business day.

Eskom loadshedding goes on a break

The power utility revealed that technical teams working overtime managed to rescue seven generation units, providing enough wattage to meet morning peak demands.

“However, this is currently insufficient to fully supply the evening peak,” Eskom wrote.

Therefore, stage 2 rotational power cuts will return at 17:00 and remain in place until 22:00.

“We are currently experiencing high evening peaks, which is typical of the winter demand period. Should there be any further deterioration in the generation capacity, loadshedding may be necessary, most likely between 17:00 and 22:00 during the winter period,” the power utility added.

What’s the outlook for the rest of the week?

Eskom has cautiously remained optimistic about the status of the power grid. The utility confirmed that its teams have been working to return more generational units to the grid and at this time, things are looking positive.

“The outlook for the remainder of the week is expected to improve as Eskom teams are working tirelessly to return more generators to service,” Eskom noted.