City customer on stage 3, after Eskom forcefully implement stage 4

Eskom implemented Stage 4 load shedding on Tuesday morning,after two additional generation units collapsed.

Stage two blackouts had been in effect since Sunday and was expected to end at 5am on Wednesday morning.

In a statement, the parastatal says that a generation unit each at the Tutuka and

Majuba power stations tripped on Tuesday morning.

Additionally, a unit each had tripped at Tutuka, Camden, Matla and two units at

Majuba on Monday.  It added that since Monday a unit each at Hendrina,

Medupi, Tutuka, Arnot and two at Camden power stations have been returned

to service.   

The ailing power utility says loadshedding will, continue until 5a.m on Friday.

“Eskom will continue to adjust the stage of loadshedding depending on the

level of breakdowns. Loadshedding is implemented only as a last resort to

protect the national grid. We therefore request the public to continue using

electricity sparingly, as we strive to return units to service,” it said in a statement.

“Eskom would like to apologise for the implementation of loadshedding.

The power system remains unpredictable, and Eskom will continue to closely

monitor the power system and promptly inform the public should there be any

significant developments,” it added.

Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town says its customers will load shed on stage 3 until 22:00. Thereafter, says the municipality, it will move a stage higher, until 6a.m the following morning where it will revert to Stage 3.

PICTURE: Screenshot of CoCT load shedding plans for Tuesday

Done By: Everngelista Muza & Mitchum George


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