Eskom said in a statement that it lost another 700 MW of generating capacity on Friday morning due to faults or other urgent maintenance work to be done.
Eskom can only repel load shedding if the loss of generating capacity is less than 9 500 MW. Its technicians are currently working hard to reduce lost capacity below this notch, Eskom says.
#PowerAlert 1— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) January 3, 2020
Date: 03 January 2020
No loadshedding expected today, despite a constrained and vulnerable system@News24 @TimesLIVE @eNCA @iol @SABCNewsOnline @TheCitizen_News @SAfmRadio @POWER987News @ukhozi_fm @METROFMSA @TheCitizen_News pic.twitter.com/vysnVUZ3yP
South Africans did not experience shedding for three weeks after the lights suddenly started to flash again in early December.
Many factories and other companies that rely heavily on Eskom’s power generation closed for the holiday on Friday, December 13.
André de Ruyter, Eskom’s new chief executive, has already started in his post, almost a month before his initial date of employment. De Ruyter was previously the CEO of the packaging company Nampak.
Nampak announced in a Sens statement on Friday that it had to ask its new CEO, Erik Smuts, to start as well earlier, as De Ruyter had already left the company.
Smuts would initially have taken over from De Ruyter on January 15, but will start on January 6.