Cape Town – South Africans are in for a gloomy weekend as Eskom has announced that they will be adjusting load shedding, implementing stage 5 until 05:00 on Monday.
This comes after Eskom announced on Friday that Stage 4 loadshedding would be implemented until 05:00 on Sunday, and Stage 3 until 05:00 on Monday.
According to Eskom, the increase in stages is due to the overnight breakdown of five generating units.
Due to the breakdown of five generating units overnight, Stage 5 loadshedding will regretfully be implemented until 05:00 on Monday pic.twitter.com/dX7YZ3dJXI
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) September 17, 2022
“Regretfully, the breakdown of five generating units overnight and this morning, with a combined capacity of 2 400MW, has necessitated the escalation of loadshedding to stage 5 from 10:00 this morning. This loadshedding will be implemented until 05:00 on Monday,” the utility said.
Eskom has also warned that higher stages of load shedding may be implemented should any further breakdowns occur.
In an explanation of the breakdowns, Eskom said: “A unit each at Kusile, Arnot and Camden, as well as two units at Duvha power station tripped. While some generation units are anticipated to return to service, it is necessary to escalate the load shedding to stop the use of the emergency generation reserves and begin the replenishment thereof ahead of the week.”
The utility added it will provide the outlook of the load shedding stages for the week ahead through a media briefing on Sunday.
Compiled by Junaid Benjamin