Eskom says rolling blackouts will be reduced to stage 1 at 22h00 pm on Friday evening, due to the lower weekend demand.
The power utility says the rolling blackouts will continue at that level until 05:00am on Monday morning.
The power utility introduced stage 2 rolling blackouts on Tuesday due to delays in returning generators to service, as well as the breakdown of nine generators.
Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha has urged the public to continue using electricity sparingly.
Due to lower weekend demand loadshedding will lowered to Stage 1 from 22:00 until 05:00 on
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Earlier this week, President Cyril Ramaphosa assured South Africans that the government was doing everything within its means to ensure that rolling blackouts soon become a thing of the past.
In his weekly letter to the nation, Ramaphosa said this will be done through steadily addressing the problems at Eskom as well as building substantial new energy generation capacity.
Ramaphosa added that Eskom was forging ahead with its maintenance programme and correcting design defects at the Kusile and Medupi power plants.
The power utility is also decommissioning old power stations that have reached the end of their design life and repurposing others to use cleaner energy sources.
The video below reports that Eskom continues to struggle with its aging power stations, economists raise concerns: