Load shedding to continue until Sunday
Eskom has implemented stage 2 load shedding from 10a.m on Wednesday.
In a statement the ailing power utility said that a generation unit each at the Kendal and Matimba, as well as two units at the Matla Power Station broke down on Wednesday morning.
‘’This reduced generation capacity by 2 400MW, adding to the ongoing capacity constraints. There has been a delay in returning to service a unit at Kusile Power Station, which is now expected to return to service tomorrow [Thursday].’'
Stage 2 loadshedding will last until midnight. Starting on Thursday, until Sunday night, Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented from 5a.m until midnight.
Eskom’s spokesperson, Sikonathi Manthantsha says there’s a likelihood that the stage of loadshedding might need to be increased during the evening peaks.
‘’Eskom will continue to closely monitor the system, adjust and communicate any changes as may be necessary. We appeal to all South Africans to help limit the impact of the shortages by continuing to reduce the usage of electricity and to switch off all non-essential items.’’
‘’Eskom cautions the public that as the shortage of generation capacity persists, the system will continue to be constrained with an elevated risk of loadshedding over the coming weeks,’’ said Manrhantsha.
‘’We would like to remind the public that loadshedding is implemented only as a last resort to protect the national grid. We therefore urge all South Africans to continue using electricity sparingly especially between 05:00 – 10:00 in the mornings and 16:00 – 22:00 in the evenings,’’ he added.
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