Unplanned outages rose to 5‚572 Megawatts (MW) on January 7 from 4‚189MW on January 3‚ Eskom said on Monday in its 104th system status bulletin.

Eskom’s internal benchmark is to have no more than 3‚600MW in unplanned maintenance‚ a benchmark it missed more than 60% of the time last year. The last time it achieved this benchmark prior to November 29 was on August 14.

Peak demand was expected to jump from 24‚819MW on December 26 to 30‚000MW on January 9 as factories restart operations after the Christmas break. - I-Net Bridge