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No load shedding this weekend, but it’s back on Monday – here is the new schedule

SOURCE | BUSINESSTECH

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Power utility Eskom says that lower weekend demand has made it possible to suspend load shedding for the weekend ahead – but rolling blackouts will be back on Monday.

Stage 2 and stage 3 load shedding will continue on Friday. The new schedule is as follows:

Friday, 28 October

  • Stage 2 – up to 16h00
  • Stage 3 – 16h00 to 00h00

Saturday, 29 October

  • No load shedding scheduled

Sunday, 30 October

  • No load shedding scheduled

Monday, 31 October

  • Stage 2 – 05h00 – 16h00
  • Stage 3 – 16h00 – 00h00
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Eskom said it will publish a further update on Sunday, or as soon as there are any changes.

“Since Thursday morning, Eskom teams have returned a generating unit each at Arnot, Kendal, Kriel and two units at Tutuka power stations,” it said.

The group currently has 6,234MW on planned maintenance, while another 13,779MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.

Debt takeover

Load shedding is expected to be a part of life in South Africa for the foreseeable future, with new energy builds still years away from coming online to relieve the country’s grid.

Eskom chief operating officer Jan Oberholzer has warned that it will be around for at least 18 months, with analysts warning that higher stages are expected in the near term.

Finance minister Enoch Godongwana on Wednesday (26 October) announced that the government will be taking on a significant portion of Eskom’s R400 billion debt, which should go a long way in assisting the power utility in sorting out its financial crisis, which is also impacting its ability to maintain its ageing fleet.

While the full quantum of the debt takeover is not yet known, Godongwana said it would be between one- to two-thirds of total debt, giving a range of R130 billion to R260 billion.

“Importantly, the programme will include strict conditions required of Eskom and other stakeholders before and during the debt transfer. These conditions will address Eskom’s structural challenges by managing its costs, addressing municipal and household arrears due to the utility, and providing greater clarity and transparency in tariff pricing,” said Godongwana.

In addition, the conditions will be informed by a Treasury-led independent review of Eskom’s operations, in particular the performance of its generation fleet, the finance lead added.

Schedules 

For people living in the major metros, load shedding schedules are available here:

For access to other load shedding schedules, Eskom has made them available on loadshedding.eskom.co.za.

Smartphone users can also download the app EskomSePush to receive push notifications when load shedding is implemented, as well as the times the area you are in will be off.

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