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No load-shedding planned for Friday; no news yet for the weekend

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No load-shedding planned for Friday; no news yet for the weekend

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14th February 2020

By: News24Wire

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Eskom says it is not planning to institute rotational power cuts on Friday as it has seen a "number of improvements in the power system".

However, in a statement issued on Thursday afternoon, it did not yet indicate what the outlook might be for the weekend. 

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Unplanned outages were slightly higher at 10 494 MW at 16:55 on Thursday due to the fact that the power utility had lost some generating units - however, there had been no load-shedding scheduled on Thursday, the day of the crucial State of the Nation address, and no further cuts were expected the next day. 

"Eskom has not load-shed over the past two days owing to a number of improvements on the power system," the utility said. Earlier, it said its emergency reserves of diesel and water were at adequate levels. 

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However, it did ask customers to keep using electricity sparingly.

Eskom has previously said there will be an increased likelihood of load-shedding over the next 18 months as it conducts critical maintenance on its ageing fleet of power stations.

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