It’s disappointing, but really not surprising: Eskom have announced that Stage 2 load shedding schedules will once again come into effect, with South African households set to be plunged into darkness between 17:00 and 22:00 on Tuesday 8 June.

Earlier, Eskom pleaded with the public to reduce its electricity consumption, saying that the national power grid was once again under severe pressure.

When is load shedding starting on Tuesday 8 June?

In a statement released on Tuesday afternoon, Eskom said that maintenance delays are to blame for the latest implementation of load shedding.

“As communicated earlier, Eskom regrets to announce it will implement Stage 2 load shedding between 17:00 and 22:00 tonight due to delays in returning generating units at Kusile and Majuba power stations,” they said.

Eskom added that these constraints have been “exacerbated by the high winter demand brought about by the colder temperatures”, which one might have seen coming given their prior difficulty in ensuring the stability of the electricity supply through the cold winter months,.

The embattled power supplier said that breakdowns at several of South Africa’s critical power plants currently total 15 498MW of capacity, while planned maintenance has increased to 1 273MW of total capacity.

Blackouts here to stay

Eskom went further, saying that the South African public should stock up on candles and strap in for another difficult, frustrating period of blackout schedules that could be around for the foreseeable future.

“The likelihood of load shedding is high for the rest of the week as the power system remains constrained and vulnerable and Eskom will communicate promptly should there be any changes,” they said.

“These capacity constraints will continue for the foreseeable future and all South Africans are urged to reduce their use of electricity, particularly between 17:00 and 22:00, when the winter demand is the highest.”

“Eskom apologises for the inconvenience and uncertainty caused by these interruptions in electricity supply.”

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Presh JM Reporter

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