Eskom has released its load-shedding schedule for Sunday 30th April to Wednesday 3rd May. Stage 3 load-shedding was observed throughout Sunday evening but was reduced to Stage 1 on Monday morning. Load-shedding schedules will then fluctuate between Stage 2, 3, and 4 until Wednesday 3rd May. Eskom will provide further guidance regarding the load-shedding schedules for Thursday and the rest of the week later this week.
An Overview of Eskom’s Challenges
Breakdowns of Eskom’s generating capacity currently stand at 17,702MW with the capacity out of service for planned maintenance at 3,702MW. Eskom highlights that the pressures it faces are due to delays in returning generating units to service. In the last 24 hours, the situation saw the Grootvlei and Lethabo power stations take a generating unit offline for repairs; similarly, there were delays in returning a unit to service at Arnot, Duvha, Kriel, and Lethabo power stations.
The Way Forward
Eskom is working to get generating units back up and running as soon as possible. It appreciates South Africans who have been trying to save electricity and minimize the demand on the country’s power supply. We all have a role to play to help Eskom address its current challenges. It will take collective effort to overcome the current crisis, but we must remain optimistic about finding a solution to Eskom’s challenges.