Eskom has announced that load shedding would continue over the weekend, but will be scaled back to Stage 2 on Saturday and Sunday, so Pretoria residents can rest easy. Eskom reported demand was down on Friday, reducing load shedding from Stage 6 to Stage 4 for the rest of the day and into the evening.
Beginning at 7 a.m. and ending at 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Stage 2 will be in effect.
Although the situation has improved slightly, Eskom warns that this is only because demand was lower than expected over the weekend. Any necessary adjustments will be communicated and implemented, Eskom said in a statement. The electricity company reported that 3 104MW is offline for scheduled maintenance and that another 17 431MW is down due to breakdowns.
Load shedding is used as a last resort to keep the national grid online, and Eskom would want to remind the public of this. Given the current state of the electrical grid, it is imperative that all citizens of South Africa continue to save energy.
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