Eskom keeps some of the lights on

Eskom has announced load shedding will move from stage two to stage one.

Eskom's Megawatt Park offices in Sunninghill. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom has announced that it has built up necessary reserves and as a result load shedding will move from stage two to stage one from 12pm.

This means more South Africans will have their lights on today.

Yesterday, the utility implemented stage two load shedding from 8am to 10pm.

Earlier, the power utility said the power grid was under significant pressure and it had to cut power this weekend, to build up diesel reserves and raise dam water levels for its gas turbines.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe said, "If we get additional generating capacity we might even cancel stage one load shedding before 10pm."

Phasiwe added that the parastatal continues to urge consumers to use electricity sparingly.


Last week, Eskom denied that there's been a delay with synchronising a unit at the Medupi Power Station.

The country desperately needs additional generating capacity to keep up with the current electricity demand, but there have been construction delays at both the Medupi and Kusile Power Stations.

EE Publishers reported that while one unit at Medupi was supposed to be synchronised with the grid by mid-February, this would now only happen towards the end of March.

Phasiwe denied reports of a delay and insisted synchronisation would happen before the end of March.

Take a look at EWN's feature on how to survive load shedding.

To view load shedding schedules in your area, click here.