Power utility Eskom issued a second power alert late Saturday evening, stating that no load shedding is planned for Sunday. However, we shouldn’t get our hopes up.
“No load shedding planned for tomorrow, but the system remains constrained and volatile.”
Eskom explained that they are taking measures to “limit load shedding”, but added that it “could be implemented at short notice”.
Eskom hopes to replenish diesel reserves
Should there be a “significant shift in plant performance and increased unplanned technical breakdown”, then sorry my fellow South Africans, load shedding may be implemented.
Eskom did, however, confirm that several units “returned to service as planned”. Eskom explained:
“Emergency diesel and water reserves had to be used [Saturday], to supplement capacity, as generating unites returned later than expected. Eskom hopes to replenish diesel reserves for open cycle gas turbines and to increase water levels at pumped storage scheme so as to avoid and minimise load shedding in the coming week.”
“Plans are progressing well”
Eskom assured citizens that repairs to the conveyor belt at the Medupi power station “are progressing well”. The power utility expects to achieve “full operation” in due course.
Once repaired, the return of the unites “that experienced technical problems [could be] expedited”, which in turn would stabilise the system. Eskom concluded:
“We will keep South Africans informed about the status of the electricity system and our recovery efforts throughout this period. As we are experiencing a heat wave in some parts of the country, we ask customers to use their air conditioners efficiently at 23°C.”
Weekend load shedding
Load shedding on Saturday was terminated at 23:00. Eskom warned that some areas might take longer to be restored. If that is the case, customers should contact Eskom or their municipality.
At the time of termination, no load shedding was planned for Sunday, yet… I’m assuming rugby fans are holding their collective breath while waiting to see if this promise holds up.
The Springboks will take on Japan in the quarter-final of the Rugby World Cup on Sunday. The match is set to start at 12:15 South Africa Standard Time (SAST).
Keep those phones, tablets and power banks charged. If the lights do go out, DSTV subscribers will be able to watch the match via the DSTV Now app.
To see whether your suburb will experience rotational cuts today, here’s how to check the daily load shedding schedule.