Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said on Friday morning that load shedding pressures have facilitated, so in spite of the fact that it will be implemented today, it will be half as extreme, at Stage 1, from 9 am to 10 pm.
He said some power-creating units had effectively been brought back on online. He had anticipated before in the week this would likely be the situation, in spite of the fact that he had appeared to be less hopeful about it on Thursday night.
ALERT: The System Operator has just confirmed the implementation of stage 1 loadshedding from 09:00 to 22:00 today. Some units have been brought back to service, helping reduce the depth of loadshedding from stage 2 that has been implemented since the beginning of this week. https://t.co/mUkHOcQbYj
— Eskom Spokesperson (@KhuluPhasiwe) December 7, 2018
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said yesterday that Eskom would be doing all it could to ensure there was no load shedding over the festive season, but for now the parastatal’s challenges remain, with a shortage of coal, the breakdown of several units and speculation that there may even be intentional sabotage taking place at the utility.
Load shedding will be around in one form or the other until at least March this year.
To see how you will be affected today, check your local load shedding schedules or go to Eskom’s website if you are a direct customer.