Although the power utility announced that no load shedding was anticipated for the country this week, it also said that parts of Johannesburg would experience shedding.
After almost two weeks of scheduled load shedding, South Africans breathed a sigh of relief when Eskom announced that there was no load shedding anticipated for this week. However, the power utility warned that parts of Johannesburg would still experience some load shedding due to maintenance.
Eskom warned that residents in Extension 28 in Vosloorus, Johannesburg, would experience load shedding between 09:00 to 18:00 on Tuesday, 26 March 2019, due to maintenance. Certain parts of Johannesburg are also due for a power outage between 22:00 on Tuesday, 26 March 2019 and 06:00 on Wednesday, 27 March 2019.
Eskom said the sudden halt on planned load shedding was due to an improvement in plant performance. The power utility also cited replenished diesel and water reserves as contributors to burning lights in South African homes.
However, this unexpected turn of events has raised eyebrows, and many have questioned how Eskom has been able to redeem itself from the power cuts so swiftly. Many have speculated that this turn of events is in anticipation of Moody’s credit rating for South Africa, due to be announced on Friday, 29 March 2019.
Power experts and analysts have expressed shock at how quickly Eskom has been able to fix the power debacle enough to supply South Africa with a week of uninterrupted power. Analyst Makwe Masilela shared his thoughts.
“One can be suspicious, especially if you know that one of the biggest concerns when it comes to our economic growth, let alone our ratings, Eskom continues to be this big elephant in the room,” he said.