NATIONAL NEWS - The bout of Stage 2 load shedding implemented at the last minute by Eskom on Thursday night is over, with Eskom advising that those who are still experiencing power outages contact their service provider.
Earlier this morning, the struggling power utility indicated that load shedding was terminated at 05:00 on Friday morning.
After power Eskom said on Thursday that although the electricity system remained constrained and vulnerable, and load shedding was not expected, it gave South Africa a two-hour warning this evening that stage 2 load shedding would be implemented from 22:00 until 05:00.
In a statement, Eskom said they had lost three additional generation units and used up emergency reserves that needed overnight replenishment.
“The Emergency Command Response Centre is working closely with recovery teams to return units from planned and unplanned maintenance,” Eskom said.
The utility warned South Africans not to be surprised if load shedding returned.
“We remind customers that any unexpected shift, such as additional unplanned breakdowns or the unavailability of diesel for our open cycle gas turbines or water levels at our pumped storage schemes could result in load shedding at short notice.”