It’s a blue Monday folks. Eskom says it will implement Stage 2 load shedding on Monday afternoon and what’s worse is that it will most likely continue throughout the week. 

We suggest you prepare in advance and in order to do that you need to know when the bouts of blackouts will occur. Not to worry though, we’ve got you covered. 

STAGE 2 LOAD SHEDDING LOOMING ON MONDAY 31 MAY 2021 

Apologies Mzansi, we’re in for another week of rolling blackouts and we’re starting with Stage 2 load shedding. 

The power cuts will be implemented from 16:00 on Monday afternoon until 5:00 on Tuesday morning. Wondering what the need is? The embattled power utility says there is higher demand as a result of the cold front setting in much earlier than expected, as well as, high breakdowns of generation units. 

Breakdowns currently total 14 560MW of capacity, while another 2 300MW is unavailable due to planned maintenance. 

We suppose Energy Expert Ted Blom, was right about us getting our first taste of winter load shedding this week. It’s not like we had no warning at all.

HIGH PROBABILITY OF BLACKOUTS THIS WEEK 

Eskom said the generation supply constraints will persist throughout the high winter demand period, which increases the likelihood of load shedding.

“Some generation units are expected to return to service starting this evening, which would help ease the strain. This, however, is not sufficient to eliminate the high probability of load shedding for the rest of the week,” it said in a statement on Monday. 

Eskom has also urged the public to reduce the usage of electricity in order to assist the country get through these capacity constraints.

“Eskom will communicate promptly should there be any significant changes to the system,” it added. 

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Presh JM Reporter

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