June sparked hope that Eskom was ever so slowly approaching some semblance of real recovery. The early winter brought only a slight chill, power demand never reached the feared maximum highs of 34,000MW and Eskom broke through the “psychological barrier” of reducing generation unit breakdowns to below 14,000MW after highs of more than 21,000MW earlier in 2023. 

South Africans were treated to consecutive days of limited power cuts and even some load-shedding-free periods during the day. This was achieved with little use of the diesel-powered emergency power reserves...

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