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Load shedding LATEST: ‘Saturday night special’…but what about Boks’ game?

The embattled power utility announced on Saturday that as a result of lower-than-anticipated demand and sustained improved generation performance, load shedding will continue to be suspended until 4pm on Sunday.

Load shedding reprieve

Eskom said the continued suspension was a result of lower-than-anticipated demand and sustained improved generation performance.

‘I eat, pray, live power’

The utility said it would provide another update should any significant changes occur.

With the Springboks vs Tonga Rugby World Cup clash scheduled for 9pm tomorrow, the nation will be waiting with bated breath for that update…

Especially after Electricity Minister Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa’s latest claim of “I eat, pray, live power”.  

The Citizen reported the minister confessed that he has been enduring sleepless nights with his phone constantly ringing and doesn’t “have the luxury of attending family birthday parties, soccer games or functions because he lives and thinks electricity”.

Shall we just pretend to “unsee” the minister’s electrifying dance moves at the ANC’s 2019 election manifesto review hours before announcing Stage 6 load shedding “indefinitely” at the beginning of September…

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State of the System: Stage 4 load shedding

The improvement is due primarily to the planned return to service of three generating units at Kusile during October and November, and the first synchronisation of a fourth unit at the same plant in December.

According to MyBroadband, Eskom however anticipates that it will have to implement power cuts shedding on at least 116 days between September 2023 and March 2024, if it is able to keep unplanned breakdowns at around 14,500MW or less.

Load shedding schedules for SA metros

The schedules of major metros are available here: