Eskom is urging South Africans to use electricity sparingly, as increased demand may lead to a constrained system throughout the winter season.

The power utility suspended load-shedding on Saturday, as emergency reserves had been adequately replenished.

Generation units at Matimba, Arnot, Matla, Majuba, Grootvlei and Kendal power stations, as well as the non-commercial Kusile unit, have since returned to service.

“We currently have 3 800 megawatts on planned maintenance, while another 13 300 megawatts of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns. We remind the public that load shedding is implemented only as a last resort to protect the national grid.” – Sikhonathi Mantshantsha, Eskom spokesperson

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