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Eskom’s Load Shedding Pause & Tariff Hike Explained

  • Eskom, South Africa's power utility, has suspended load shedding due to stable generation capacity, adequate reserves, and expected lower demand, providing relief to consumers.
  • Consumers will face a 12.74% increase in electricity tariffs, approved by Nersa for the 2024/25 financial year, with adjustments for local municipalities taking effect from July 1st.
  • Eskom spokesperson Daphne Mokwena clarified the tariff increases, detailing percentages for various customer categories and explaining the factors influencing the average increase.
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Miriam Matoma

Eskom, the power utility in South Africa, has announced a suspension of load shedding until further notice. This decision comes as a result of sustained generation capacity, adequate emergency reserves, and an anticipated decrease in demand. The utility will provide an update on the situation soon.

According to Eskom’s statement, there is currently 13,579MW of unplanned unavailability and 7,046MW of planned maintenance affecting generating capacity. However, there are plans to bring back 3,550MW of capacity by Tuesday evening. Despite these challenges, the evening peak demand is expected to reach 23,400MW.

In terms of tariffs, consumers will face a 12.74% increase in electricity prices starting from tomorrow. This hike was approved by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) for the 2024/25 financial year back in January 2023.

Daphne Mokwena, a spokesperson for Eskom, clarified that the tariff increases for local municipalities will take effect from July 1st of this year. She explained, “Local authority tariffs charges from the period 01 July 2024 to 30 June 2025 a percentage increase of 12.72%. Eskom direct customers from the period 01 April 2024 to 31 March 2025 all tariff charges except the affordability subsidy charge a percentage increase of 12.74%. Affordability subsidy charge a percentage increase of 25.24%. The average increase applied to the key industrial and urban tariffs will be 13.29% due to the increase in the affordability subsidy charge.”

The power utility Eskom has announced a pause in load shedding until further notice due to stable generation capacity, ample emergency reserves, and an anticipated decline in demand. Eskom plans to provide updates on the situation as it develops.

In a recent statement, Eskom disclosed that current unplanned unavailability of power stands at 13,579MW, while planned maintenance accounts for 7,046MW of generating capacity. However, efforts are underway to bring back 3,550MW of capacity by Tuesday evening. Despite these challenges, the evening peak demand is projected to be around 23,400MW.

Regarding tariffs, consumers will experience a 12.74% increase in electricity prices starting from tomorrow. This tariff hike was approved by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) for the 2024/25 financial year in January 2023.

Eskom spokesperson Daphne Mokwena clarified that the tariff increases for local municipalities will be implemented from July 1st of this year. She provided further details, stating, “Local authority tariff charges for the period from 01 July 2024 to 30 June 2025 will see a percentage increase of 12.72%. For Eskom direct customers, tariff charges for the period from 01 April 2024 to 31 March 2025, excluding the affordability subsidy charge, will see a percentage increase of 12.74%. The affordability subsidy charge will increase by 25.24%. The average increase applied to key industrial and urban tariffs will be 13.29% due to the rise in the affordability subsidy charge.”

Eskom, the principal electricity provider in South Africa, has opted to halt load shedding activities until further notice, citing stable generation capacity, adequate emergency reserves, and an anticipated reduction in demand. The utility has pledged to keep stakeholders informed with regular updates on the evolving situation.

According to a recent communication from Eskom, the current unavailability of power due to unplanned outages stands at 13,579MW, while planned maintenance activities account for 7,046MW of the total generating capacity. However, Eskom is actively working to restore 3,550MW of capacity by Tuesday evening. Despite these operational challenges, Eskom anticipates the evening peak demand to peak at approximately 23,400MW.

In terms of tariff adjustments, consumers should brace themselves for a 12.74% increase in electricity prices, effective from tomorrow. This tariff adjustment was greenlit by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) for the upcoming 2024/25 financial year, with approval granted back in January 2023.

Providing clarity on the tariff revisions, Eskom spokesperson Daphne Mokwena specified that the updated tariffs for local municipalities will take effect from July 1st of this year. Mokwena outlined the specifics, stating, “Local authority tariff charges spanning the period from 01 July 2024 to 30 June 2025 will undergo a percentage increase of 12.72%. For Eskom direct customers, tariff adjustments for the period from 01 April 2024 to 31 March 2025, excluding the affordability subsidy charge, will experience a percentage increase of 12.74%. The affordability subsidy charge will witness a percentage increase of 25.24%. The average increase applied to key industrial and urban tariffs will amount to 13.29%, primarily due to the escalation in the affordability subsidy charge.”

Miriam Matoma

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