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No load shedding planned during Springbok World Cup match on Sunday

Oct 19 2019 22:13
Jan Cronje
Elton Jantjies looks on during the Rugby World Cup

Elton Jantjies looks on during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group B game between South Africa and Canada at Kobe Misaki Stadium on October 8, 2019 in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan. (Photo by Ashley Western/MB Media/Getty Images)

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Eskom announced late on Saturday that no load shedding is planned for Sunday when the Springboks take on Japan in the quarter-final of the Rugby World Cup.

The match at Tokyo Stadium is set to start at 12:15 SA time. 

But the power utility said that the power system remains constrained, and load shedding may be implemented at short notice. 

Earlier in the week the utility blamed the current wave of power cuts, which began on Wednesday, on boiler leaks and the breakdown of a conveyor belt transporting coal to Medupi power station. Eskom also said delays in returning units that were on planned maintenance to service contributed to supply constraints, as did diesel shortages. 

On Saturday the utility said that the repair of the convener belt is progressing well. 

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