Eskom advances to Stage 4 load-shedding


Nokuthula Thwala looks on next to a candle during load shedding in Soweto, South Africa, February 2, 2020. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Eskom will begin implementation of Stage 2 load-shedding today from 3pm to 10pm.

The power utility said it is as a result of a spike in demand.

Eskom regrets to announce that load-shedding will move from Stage 2 to Stage 4 at 15:00 until 22:00 tonight, due to exceptionally high demand,” read the statement from Eskom.

Yesterday, Eskom complained of the breakdowns of several power stations:

Ten generation units at seven power stations suffered breakdowns in the past two days.”

With the unreliable and aged generation infrastructure, together with a number of risks on running units, there is a high probability that additional stages of load shedding may be implemented at short notice.”

A generator each broke down at Arnot, Medupi, Lethabo, Matla power stations, while two units each at Majuba, Camden and Tutuka power stations also broke down.”

This together with the need to conserve emergency generation reserves, necessitated that load shedding be implemented in order to protect the integrity of the system,” said Eskom in a statement.

Eskom is beckoning on its customers to make use of electricity sparingly.

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