Eskom says it does not expect to implement load shedding during the 21-day national lockdown as demand for electricity has decreased, with a further reduction in demand anticipated as the lockdown continues.​

Maintenance has been postponed for the duration of the lockdown as the number of staff have been reduced in accordance with the lockdown. “We have instead shifted the focus to carrying out short-term maintenance and other repairs in order to optimise the generation units to meet the rising demand after the lockdown,” said the statement.

Eskom says that, as an essential service supplier, it does not expect any impediments to the generation and supply of electricity during the lockdown, and says its suppliers and logistics services will be operational.