After eight days of loadshedding, South Africans received good news over the weekend that Eskom would not be implementing any power cuts on Sunday, 24 March.
However, for the coming week the probability of loadshedding remains, as the system continues to be vulnerable. According to Eskom, the risk of loadshedding is low and will only be implemented when absolutely necessary.
The improvement in plant performance, together with replenished diesel and water reserves over the last few days, as well as the increase of imports from Mozambique’s Cahora Bassa to 850MW, has positively shifted system performance, explained Eskom in a statement.
President Ramaphosa confirmed this: “The minister of public enterprises has reported that they were able to revive and restore the power line from Cahora Bassa. So we will have an additional 900 megawatts.”
Meanwhile, Eskom’s spokesperson took the opportunity to congratulate South Africa’s soccer team for winning their match against Libya.
It's lights out for Lybia as Bafana Bafana wins 2 – 1. Well done Bafana! pic.twitter.com/Zhck4XAe6C— Khulu Phasiwe (@KhuluPhasiwe) March 24, 2019
Eskom will provide regular updates on the status of the power system through all the media platforms.
“We continue to appeal to customers to continue to use electricity sparingly by switching off geysers and non-essential lighting and electricity appliances to assist in reducing demand,” the utility requested.
“We thank all South Africans for their patience and cooperation throughout this difficult period.”