Presidency clarifies load shedding rumours

The Ministry in The Presidency responsible for Electricity, has dismissed a misleading social media post claiming imminent load shedding, denouncing it as a politically motivated attempt to mislead the nation ahead of the 7th General Elections.

The Presidency clarifies that load shedding has been suspended for 62 consecutive days, showcasing the success of its efforts to stabilise the power generation system.

Eskom’s strategic decision in March 2023

This period of uninterrupted power is attributed to Eskom’s strategic decision in March 2023 to intensify planned maintenance, leading to a marked improvement in energy availability and a reduction in breakdowns across its fleet.

Moreover, this proactive approach has also resulted in a significant decrease in the use of diesel by Open-Cycle Gas Turbines (OCGTs) over the past eight weeks.

Eskom’s achievements have countered negative forecasts and quieted many critics.

“The Ministry remains confident that the work we have been leading over the past 12 months, supported by the many competent Eskom employees and its leadership team, will continue in the coming months and ultimately place the country on a firm foundation of energy security to support our inclusive economic growth and development agenda,” stated Minister of Electricity, Kgosientsho Ramokgopa.

presidency clarifies load shedding rumours

Minister of Electricity, Kgosientsho Ramokgopa. Image: X/@GovernmentZA

Furthermore, Eskom’s current generation availability continues to exceed expectations, with unplanned outages averaging 12 500 MW, lower than the anticipated levels for the winter season. Additionally, four of Eskom’s power stations are performing exceptionally well, with an energy availability factor (EAF) above 70%, reducing load shedding. Also, the year-to-date EAF is on a positive trajectory, currently standing at 60.73%.

Load shedding currently suspended, next update will be on 31 May

Eskom’s recent performance highlights its ability to counteract previous challenges and build a more reliable energy supply. Moreover, the utility remains committed to providing regular updates to the public, with the next scheduled for 31 May.

According to Eskom, this sustained improvement in energy supply is a testament to the rigorous maintenance and strategic planning implemented by Eskom, reassuring the public and investors of the country’s energy security.

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