No loadshedding was expected on Friday and over the weekend, Eskom said.

“Even though the generation system remains constrained, Eskom does not expect to implement loadshedding this weekend although unplanned breakdowns remain above the 10,500 MW mark,” the state-owned power utility said via a statement.

“We remind South Africans, however, that the generation system remains vulnerable and unpredictable, and as such, there is a possibility that we may have to implement loadshedding at short notice should there be an unexpected change in the generation system performance.”


It said unplanned breakdowns or outages were at 10,728 MW as at 06:50 on Friday morning while planned maintenance outages were at 4,660 MW.

“We remind South Africans that there is a possibility of increased loadshedding as we are conducting critical maintenance to restore the ageing plant to good health,” said Eskom, which has not implemented rotational powercuts since February 22.