Gordhan: Load shedding to be downgraded to stage 3 on Wed night

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said he expected more power to be restored, starting on Wednesday night.

FILE: Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. Picture: Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG - Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan on Wednesday said more supply was expected to return to the grid over the next two days, with no load shedding expected this weekend.

This comes after a week of power cuts with the country now on stage 4.

Gordhan said he expected more power to be restored, starting on Wednesday night.

“Overnight, some 2,000 megawatts of power will be returned to operations and as a result, it is expected that the system will be downgraded from a level 4 load shedding to level 3 load shedding.”

And more will be restored on Thursday.

“Tomorrow and on Friday, a few more units will be put back on the system as a result of plants returning to operation. That will result in a downgrade from a level 3 to a level 2.”

You will have your power over the weekend: “On the weekend, I am told by Eskom executives that load shedding will stop. Which means, as South Africans go to the polls on Monday and counting of votes proceeds in the evening and the next few days, there will be no load shedding. Unless there is some unexpected event.”

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