Eskom expects supplies from neighbouring Mozambique to reach full capacity on Tuesday, ruling out the possibility of load shedding. Supplies resumed on Monday.
This as maintenance at the Cahora Bassa Dam in Mozambique is this week poised to add stability to South Africa’s power system. Eskom, the power utility, reported that work at the hydroelectric dam had been progressing well, with exports to South Africa expected to gradually ramp up from Monday.
“Only 2 hours and 20 minutes of load shedding has been implemented in the past 43 days. And, since it was stage 1 load shedding, this meant that 96 percent of South Africans still received uninterrupted electricity supply on that day,” Eskom stated.
“As previously stated, exports from Cahora Bassa in Mozambique are expected to get to full capacity of 1 500 MW today (Tuesday),” the power utility stated. It said maintenance work at the hydroelectric dam has been ongoing since last week, which lowered the risk of load shedding.
“There is no load shedding anticipated today (Tuesday) as the system is currently stable,” Eskom stated. However, customers are encouraged to continue using electricity efficiently throughout the day at home and the office.