South Africans are more than familiar with loadshedding by now, over the past few years it became a way of life, fitting your daily tasks around a power schedule.
Eskom has given their customers some hope during these troublesome times, they have seen 7500MW less usage during the lockdown period.
What does this mean?
You guessed it! With lower power consumption being drawn from the grid this allows Eskom to safely announce that no loadshedding will be active during the lockdown. Eskom has even taken generation units offline during this time as they are not needed to keep up with the demand, this gives them some breathing room while generation is low.
Twitter users have reacted over this news and urged that Eskom spend the ‘quiet’ time to focus on fixing their infrastructure and that is what Eskom has said they will do.
“We are also taking advantage of this downturn to carry out critical repairs and maintenance in our power stations and other infrastructure”
Could this be enough time to bring the infrastructure up to scratch and see much less loadshedding in the future? Eskom has said they will communicate the results at a later date.