Johannesburg – Eskom will reduce load-shedding to Stage 3 from Saturday morning.
“Stage 6 load-shedding will continue to be implemented until 05:00 on Saturday,” Eskom said in a power alert on Friday.
“Thereafter, Stage 3 load-shedding will be implemented from 05:00 until 16:00.”
The power utility said Stage 4 load-shedding will be implemented from 16:00 until 05:00 the next day.
The cycle will be repeated on Sunday, Eskom said.
“Breakdowns are currently at 15 930MW of generating capacity while the generating capacity out of service for planned maintenance is 6 505MW,” said Eskom.
The power utility said in the last 24 hours two generation units at Kendal and Kriel and a unit each at Matimba and Medupi power stations were returned to service.
However, over the same period, a generating unit each at Matla and Tutuka power stations were taken off line for repairs.
The return to service of a unit at Kriel and two others at Tutuka power stations has been delayed.
“The team is working around the clock to ensure that generating units are returned to service as soon as possible,” Eskom said.
“We thank those South Africans who do heed the call to use electricity sparingly and efficiently in helping to alleviate the pressure on the power system as this is assisting in avoiding higher stages of load-shedding.”