Load shedding will continue for the week, says Eskom
Eskom announced that load shedding will continue for the week.
The ailing parastatal blamed the ongoing power cuts on generation capacity shortages. It also blamed the unprotected strike from workers for the latest load shedding.
“Eskom cautions the public that it will still take a few weeks for the power generation system to fully recover to pre-strike levels. Depending on several possibilities – including the workforce fully returning to work to conduct much needed repairs to equipment…,” it said in a statement.
“Eskom thanks all workers who have reported for duty and who continue to perform diligently under extremely challenging conditions,” it added.
The power utility will implement various load shedding stages for the week.
Stage 4 loadshedding was implemented at 05:00 on Monday until 16:00. From 16:00 until 22:00, Stage 6 loadshedding will be implemented, before it is lowered to Stage 4 until midnight.
On Tuesday, Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented from midnight until 05:00, before increasing to Stage 4 between 05:00 -16:00. Stage 5 loadshedding will be implemented at 16:00 – 22:00. Loadshedding will then be lowered to Stage 4 until midnight.
Spokesperson, Sikonathi Manthantsha, says load shedding between Wednesday and Friday is dependent on returning generating units to service, “and will be confirmed closer to the time.”
Manthantsha added that it is anticipated that loadshedding will gradually be lowered to Stage 2 by the weekend.
“Eskom will communicate and implement any changes as may be necessary,” he said.
Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town said that it will also load shed on Stage 4 until 4p.m on Monday.
Eskom called on consumers to use electricity sparingly.
“Eskom 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 during these uncertain times on the power system.”
Done By: Mitchum George