Cape Town – Eskom has reportedly warned that load shedding may be intensified to Stage 4 from stages 2 and 3 in the week.
The power utility announced over the weekend that it would implement Stage 3 load shedding on Monday and Tuesday from 17:00 to 22:00. Thereafter, load shedding would be reduced to Stage 2 for the rest of the week at the same times.
However, during a media briefing on Monday, Eskom’s CEO Andre de Ruyter and COO Jan Oberholzer warned of increased stages of load shedding for a longer period during the days of the week, according to IOL.
“The outlook currently is that we will implement load shedding Stage 3 today and tomorrow and Stage 2 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. But, load shedding may be increased from Stage 3 to Stage 4. We are still going to be burning a lot of diesel and may be forced to implement load shedding throughout the day and not just in the evenings,” the report quoted Oberholzer as saying.
Over the weekend Eskom saw eight generators suffer breakdowns on a unit each at Tutuka, Camden and Majuba power stations, EWN reported.
“On Saturday, eight of our generators suffered breakdowns – Lethabo 3 and 6, Majuba 1 and 4, Tutuka 4, Camden 1, Hendrina 2 as well as Arnot 1. Of those, only Majuba 1 has returned successfully to the grid,” the report quoted Oberholzer as saying.
Picture: Twitter/ @Eskom_SA
Compiled by Sinothando Siyolo