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Stage 1 load-shedding starts at 10 pm tonight until Monday at 5 am

Eskom has announced that it will begin reducing load-shedding from stage 2 to 1 tonight (10 pm) until Monday morning (5 am).

As a result of lower demand and the return to service from generation, the power utility expects load-shedding stages will be reduced during weekends.

It said that it would continue at that level until 5 am on Monday morning.

Eskom said it would continue monitoring the system and implementing any changes as necessary.

It said since Thursday afternoon a generation unit each at the Matla, Hendrina, and Arnot power stations has returned to service.

“At the moment, however, three-generation units at Kendal, Kusile, and Matimba Power Stations are either offline or tipped.” Further, delays in restoring electricity generation at Arnot, Kendale and three units at Tutuaka power stations have added to capacity constraints,” says Eskom.

“We currently have 4 S 29MW on planned maintenance, but another 15 985MW is unavailable due to breakdown.”

Eskom said it expected to rely on its emergency generating reserves to supplement its available supply and mitigate load-shedding during this period.

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