A report by the CSIR indicates that loadshedding hit a record high in 2020 -2021 since loadshedding first began in 2007 in South Africa.
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The power utility has reduced load shedding to stage two, having returned some generation capacity to service over the past 24-hours.
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Eskom said Stage 2 load shedding would be implemented on Thursday between 21:00 and 5:00 because its emergency generation reserves are depleted.
South Africa experienced nearly 80% of the total load shedding in 2020 during the first six months of this year, according to the CSIR.
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Eskom announced load shedding will be suspended at 20:00 on Friday, but Stage 1 will be implemented between 17:00 and 20:00 on Saturday and Sunday.
Eskom said its emergency generation reserves have been used extensively in the past several days to avoid having to enforce load-shedding during the day
Load shedding can cause irreparable damage to your appliances.
Eskom CEO Andre de Ryter has also said the country should be in a better position in September 2021, to produce electricity and reduce the power cuts
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The state-owned power utility has for years has struggled to manage supply from ageing coal-fired power plants and has imposed intermittent blackouts.
Eskom further said its board was pleased that some of its generation units were returned to service, which is attributed to the power cuts being downgraded to Stage 3
Eskom has apologised to customers for inconveniencing them and also urged those affected to turn off all electrical appliances pending the restoration
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The struggling power utility will be focusing on key areas in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, where there has been a surge in illegal electricity connections
A team of German engineers, technicians and experts arrived in Johannesburg on Thursday to assist Eskom and other South African businesses.
Despite success in repairing crucial power generation units, Eskom conceded that load shedding will continue on Wednesday.
Eskom have announced further load reduction will be implemented across areas of Gauteng prone to illegal connections on Monday 29 June.
Eskom said on Thursday that areas where vandalism and illegal connections are prevalent will be prioritised for load reduction.