Eskom announces further suspension of rolling blackouts

Cooling towers at a coal-based power station owned by state power utility Eskom in Duhva, South Africa, February 18, 2020.
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Eskom has announced a further suspension of rolling blackouts due to the return of unit three at the Kusile Power Station in Mpumalanga to the grid.

The power utility says there has also been a sustained improved generation as well as lower than anticipated demand for electricity.

Rolling blackouts will now only resume on Monday from 16:00 where Stage 2 will be implemented.

Electricity Minister, Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, addressed the media in his weekly update in Pretoria.


Summer season 

Earlier this week, Eskom expressed its confidence in the state of the electricity system as it gears up for the upcoming summer season.

In its summer outlook, Eskom has set a goal to keep rolling blackouts at a level below stage four during the summer months.

The key to achieving this objective, according to the utility, is to ensure that unplanned load loss remains under the threshold of 14 500 megawatts.