Load shedding changes for Saturday – here’s the latest schedule

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Eskom is suspended load shedding earlier than planned on Saturday.

Suspended: 00h00 to 05h00Despite South Africa experiencing less load shedding than anticipated in recent weeks, energy experts warn that the grid remains under severe pressure.

Professor Mark Swilling said South Africa would likely go back into stage four and stage six load-shedding in the near future and before the end of winter as weather conditions shift. Swilling said the lower load-shedding stages South Africa has experienced over the past few weeks are due to a combination of unique conditions that the country should not expect to last forever – such as big industries cutting demand due to higher tariffs, fewer unplanned breakdowns, lower planned maintenance and higher-than-expected output from wind generation.

This warning has been echoed by other sectors as well, with the Reserve Bank also noting in a report this week that energy generation is unlikely to meet demand sustainably until at least midway through 2024. Aside from improving generation from existing plants, new energy generation – of which at least 10GW is needed, according to Swilling – will still take time to come online.

 

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