And here we were, thinking that we could at least rely on electric heaters to get us through this cold snap. Alas, we live in a country where a large majority of the energy supply comes from Eskom, so perhaps we’re guilty of wishful thinking. The power utility released a statement on Thursday afternoon, confirming that another round of load shedding looms.

Load shedding for Thursday 22 July ‘now likely’

According to Eskom, they are ‘on the brink’ of having to implement a round of load shedding, as both the hectic weather conditions AND some unplanned breakdowns at their plants have plunged the grid into uncertainty. In their latest communication with the public, the firm says almost 16 000 MW of electricity has already been taken offline.

  • – Breakdowns currently total 12 984 MW.
  • – A total of 2 942 MW has been taken off the grid as part of planned maintenance.
  • – ‘Any further generational losses’ will plunge SA back into darkness – five weeks after our last load shedding schedule.
  • – Eskom have since warned that customers may have to use electricity sparingly for five hours this evening…

READ: Eskom issue statement on potential power cuts this evening

“Due to severely cold weather in parts of the country, coupled with the loss of some generation capacity, Eskom must warn the public that it may be forced to implement load shedding at short notice – should there be any further losses.

The system is currently severely strained, and it is anticipated that towards the evening peak, the system will come under pressure due to a higher demand for electricity. We’d like to ask the public to reduce their consumption of electricity between 16:00 and 21:00 this evening, in order to help ease the strain on the power supply.”

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Presh JM Reporter

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