Eskom has elevated the ongoing load shedding to Stage 3, spanning from 4 PM on Thursday until 5 AM on Saturday, citing a deficit in generation capacity.
Eskom Escalates to Stage 3 Load Shedding: Your Weekend Schedule
Scheduled Load Shedding Stages
Eskom’s spokesperson, Daphne Mokwena, outlines the forthcoming load shedding stages: Stage 2 from 05:00 on Sunday until 05:00 on Sunday, followed by Stage 1 until 16:00 on Sunday.
Current Outages and Anticipated Restoration
Mokwena discloses the current outage status, indicating 17,391MW of unplanned outages, including delays in reactivating four generating units, notably Koeberg Unit 1.
Furthermore, 4,654MW remains offline for planned maintenance. An expected return of 4,700MW of generating capacity is forecasted by Sunday evening, with Eskom diligently working to expedite these restorations.
Eskom’s Urgent Appeal and Energy Conservation
Eskom urges the public to conserve electricity efficiently by turning off geysers and pool pumps from 5 PM to 9 PM.
This conservation effort aims to reduce demand, alleviate strain on the power system, and potentially lower the severity of load shedding stages.
Minister’s Insights on Eskom’s Crisis
Minister of Electricity, Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, attributes the current power cuts to challenges dating back to 1997, emphasizing that the responsibility for the ongoing crisis should not solely rest on the current Eskom management.
Ramokgopa addresses this during a briefing to the public enterprises committee, highlighting the need to address long-standing issues in the energy sector.