Eskom’s Load Shedding Update: A Breather from Stage 6

Eskom, South Africa’s dominant power player, seems to have caught a break. Here’s what’s happening:

  • The Big News: After a tough week marked by multiple daily escalations in outages, Eskom is taking a step back. The company’s announcement rings clear: due to “a slight improvement in generation capacity and lower demand,” they’re switching to stage 5 load shedding starting 06:00 on Friday (15 September). This will continue until further updates.
  • The Past Week’s Roller Coaster: Just this Wednesday, Eskom cranked up their load shedding dial, landing firmly on stage 6. It’s noteworthy to mention that this has been the most intense load shedding the nation has seen, with no previous incidents surpassing stage 6.
  • A Weathered Demand: A surprising cold snap across regions elevated power demands this week. Eskom’s early warning, emphasizing a demand spike due to unexpected chilly weather, urged citizens to reduce power consumption.

Looking Ahead: For now, Eskom seems to have steadied the ship. But be warned – their recent system review suggests some turbulent waters in the coming year.

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