Cape Town – Just as South Africans were enjoying the fuel price decrease announced early this month – with no load shedding in sight for the past two weeks – Eskom has just given everyone a harsh reminder of the country’s electricity woes.
The power utility announced on Tuesday in a statement, that it will be implementing stage two load shedding, starting at 16:00 until 22:00.
The statement said the same stage of load shedding will be implemented, starting at 05:00 until 22:00 at night from Wednesday until Saturday, September 10.
“The load shedding has been caused by the shortage of generation capacity owing to breakdowns and delays in returning some generating units to service.
Loadshedding will be implemented at 16:00 until 22:00 tonight; thereafter loadshedding will be
implemented daily at 05:00 – 22:00 until Saturday pic.twitter.com/YmgcoI3roP
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) September 6, 2022
“The breakdown of a generation unit at Arnot, Duvha, Kendal, Medupi and Tutuka power stations, as well as the delays in returning to service a unit to service at Hendrina Power Station, have exacerbated the capacity constraints,” read the statement.
Currently, there are 4 588 MW on planned maintenance while another 16 142MW are unavailable due to breakdowns.
The power utility urged South Africans to use electricity sparingly and any changes will be communicated.
Picture: Twitter/ @Eskom_SA
Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe