South Africans will endure more load shedding for at least the first three days of this week following an announcement by Eskom that Stage 2 load shedding will be returning from 5am this morning until 5am on Tuesday morning.
Following that, Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented from 4pm until midnight on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Citizens had experienced a brief respite from load shedding after the power utility lifted the rotational power cuts over the weekend due to lower demand on the system.
“Load shedding is implemented only as a last resort in view of the shortage of generation capacity and the need to attend to breakdowns,” Eskom said.
The power utility said that by Sunday afternoon, there was at least 13 792MW of capacity unavailable due to breakdowns, coupled with at least 4 886MW offline due to maintenance.
“Since yesterday afternoon, a unit each at Tutuka and Matimba power stations were taken offline for repairs. A unit each at Kendal, Kusile, Matla and Tutuka power stations were returned to service.
“Eskom will publish a further update on Wednesday afternoon, or as soon as there are any significant changes,” the power utility said.
Source: South African Government News Agency