Eskom does not expect load shedding this winter, possibly three days of load shedding by the end of July, Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha said on Sunday.
Eskom is confident that it has enough generating capacity to comfortably power the entire country, Mantshantsha said.
“There is no prospect of nationwide load shedding this winter. We estimated that load shedding could be limited to three days late in July. ”
This follows Eskom’s decision to introduce power cuts in parts of Gauteng last week, but Mantshantsha says it differs from load shedding as such because it relates to Eskom’s attempt to protect the region’s power system from damage from illegal power connections and other forms of theft.
As the economy returns to service since level 3 of the Covid-19 restriction was introduced, power demand has been steadily rising again, and Eskom has warned from time to time that people should continue to use energy sparingly.
Eskom’s own documented forecasts, the latest weekly status report published on its website at the beginning of June, nevertheless point to an increased risk of potential power shortages in July and August. According to this, Eskom does not expect any load shedding in June, but there is a possibility of power shortages of between 1 000 MW and 2 000 MW in the second and fourth week of July.