Eskom suspends power cuts for Parly business; load shedding to run into weekend

The power cuts will resume at 5pm and continue until 10pm on Sunday.

FILE: A National Assembly hybrid plenary sitting in line with COVID-19 regulations on 27 August 2020. Picture: @ParliamentofRSA/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Load shedding will be suspended between noon and 5pm on Friday to allow Parliament to pass a series of Appropriation Bills, Eskom said.

This followed a request from the Deputy Speak of Parliament.

The power cuts will resume at 5pm and continue until 10pm on Sunday.

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The utility was expected to return to full service on Friday night, but it now says it needs to cut off your power to prepare its systems for the week ahead.

It has however granted a request by Parliament to suspend load shedding from midday on Friday afternoon to allow the House to pass a series of Appropriation Bills.

Eskom said that these bills were essential to keep government operating.

Spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha said: “Eskom will also be required to utilise some emergency reserves during this period, thereby depleting some of the gains made over the past few days. In order to replenish these reserves, and prepare for the week ahead, stage 2 load shedding will resume at 5 pm this afternoon and continue until 10 pm on Sunday."

While the country battles through stage two load shedding, Eskom said it's aware of outages in parts of Soweto caused by cable theft.

The utility said technical teams were at various sites on Friday morning working to repair network faults.

It’s can't yet give an estimated time of restoration.

South African's are having to put up with costly and frustrating blackouts in the middle of the current cold spell.

Eskom has called on everyone in the country to use less electricity when it is available.

It’s also urging people not to put their laptops on sleep mode.

It says it's best to turn off your PC's along with other appliances when not in use.

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