As South Africa’s 8 May elections approach, troubled utility Eskom has improved its power supply performance to the point where it was able to announce on 29 April that it had gone 36 days without loadshedding. Eskom was forced to implement stage 4 loadshedding in mid-March, cutting 4GW from the grid, but a Winter Plan announced on 3 April aims to avoid outages or at least limit them to stage 1, of 1-2GW.