Eskom will resume stage 2 load shedding between 17h00 and 22h00 this evening (18 May) as the embattled power utility’s systems remain vulnerable. Over the past 24 hours, Eskom teams have returned seven generation units to service which has helped ease supply constraints. However, this is currently insufficient to fully supply the evening peak, Eskom said. It added that the outlook for the remainder of the week is expected to improve as its teams work to return generators to service.
The power utility further warned of high evening peaks, which is typical of the demand period. Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha warned of the likelihood of ongoing load shedding during the evening peak period (17h00 to 22h00) throughout the winter.