Power utility Eskom expects no load-shedding today and low chances of power going off during the week.
“There is no load-shedding expected today and the probability of load-shedding is low for the week,” it said in a statement this morning.
According to the statement, the improved prognosis was due to the return of some of Eskom’s generating units from planned and unplanned maintenance and emergency reserves showing significant improvement.
“We continue to appeal to residents and businesses to use electricity sparingly. Please switch off geysers as well as all non-essential lighting and electricity appliances to assist in reducing demand. As we are experiencing a heat wave in some parts of the country, we ask that you use your air conditioners efficiently at 23ºC.”
Stage 2 load-shedding hit South Africa last week with Eskom citing the “shortage of capacity due to a number of generating units being out of service”.
Power cuts went on for four days especially affecting businesses on Wednesday and Thursday.
Eskom says the system remains “constrained and vulnerable” meaning that any unexpected shift, such as unplanned breakdowns, could result in load-shedding at short notice.
“We will continue to keep South Africans informed about the status of the electricity system and our recovery efforts. Eskom would like to thank customers for their patience and support in reducing demand by using electricity sparingly and industrial customers for their participation in load curtailment, when necessary; allowing us to pull through this difficult time.”