Eskom implements Stage 2 load shedding
Eskom says Stage 2 loadshedding will last until 5a.m on Wednesday. The ailing parastatal implemented load shedding at 4p.m on Sunday, blaming it on the loss of four additional generation units and the delay in units returning to service
‘’The loss of four additional generation units at Matla, Tutuka, Duvha and Arnot power stations over the past 24 hours, exacerbated by the delay in units returning to service at Camden, Matla, Grootvlei and Tutuka power stations, has unfortunately necessitated the implementation of loadshedding. The power system continues to be fragile and Eskom is forced to implement loadshedding to manage and replenish emergency generation reserves, on which it has been relying to supply electricity this week,’’ it said in a statement.
‘’Since Friday afternoon, a generation unit each at Camden, Komati and Arnot power stations returned to service,’’ it added.
Eskom warned that load shedding might be extended, ‘’depending on the level of breakdowns.’’
‘’The power system remains unpredictable, and Eskom would like to inform the public that any further deterioration in generation capacity may require higher stages of loadshedding. We therefore request the public to continue using electricity sparingly, as we strive to return units to service,’’ it said.
Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town says its customers will load shed on stage 1 from 06:00 – 22:00. Thereafter, says the municipality, it will move a stage higher, until 6a.m the following morning where it will revert to Stage 1.
Done By: Mitchum George