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South Africa's Power Utility Eskom Reduces Load Shedding Ahead of Springboks Match

Published September 21, 2023
9 months ago

South Africa's beleaguered power utility, Eskom, announced on Sunday that it would reduce its load shedding to Stage 2 from 4 pm, giving some respite to rugby fans ahead of the anticipated Springboks match against Romania.

The decision to scale down from a prior set Stage 3 comes as a relief after a tumultuous week where Eskom had escalated the load shedding to Stage 6, leaving many South Africans without power at short notice. This severe action was later reduced to Stage 5 and subsequent Stage 4 load shedding.

Eskom spokesperson, Daphne Mokwena, has attested that the recent improvements in generation capacity are enabling the organization to manage the decrease in power cuts. "Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented from 4 pm today until 4 pm on Monday," Mokwena stated.

The additional details provided by Mokwena outlined that "Thereafter, Stage 4 load shedding will be implemented from 4 pm on Monday until 5 am on Tuesday, followed by Stage 2 load shedding from 5 am until 4 pm."

According to Eskom, this pattern will be repeated daily until notice of further changes is provided. Mokwena assured that any significant developments would be promptly shared.

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