Eskom have announced on Sunday 14 March that the latest grim period of load shedding currently being experienced by the people of South Africa will continue to be a burden until Wednesday 17 March, after the embattled power supplier conceded that their emergency generation reserves remain critically low.
Load shedding was reintroduced last week, and extended over the weekend before the latest disappointing announcement.
Load shedding to continue until Wednesday 17 March
In a statement released on Sunday, Eskom said that Stage 2 load shedding will be extended to 05:00 on Wednesday following the loss of further generation capacity and to replenish emergency generation reserves.
“Eskom regrets to inform the public that the implementation of Stage 2 load shedding will continue until 05:00 on Wednesday as the generation capacity is still severely constrained,” they said.
“Over the past two days, Eskom teams successfully returned a generation unit each at the Matimba and Medupi power station. However, during the weekend we have suffered further breakdowns at five power stations, putting further strain on the generation capacity.”
Emergency power supply remains low
Eskom said that in spite of their efforts, there have been additional breakdowns at the Tutuka, Majuba, Kusile, Matimba and Duvha power stations, adding to previous breakdowns at the Kriel and Kendal power stations.
“Further to this we have had delays in units returning to service at Hendrina, Duvha and restoring full load on the Cahora Bassa line,” they said.
“We currently have 6 545MW on planned maintenance, while another 12 915MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns and delays. This has led to our inability to supply the demand.”
Eskom said that they are working hard to return the units back to service, and will continue to assess and communicate promptly as the situation changes. Despite this, they warned that further load shedding remains a possibility.
“Eskom requests the public to continue using electricity sparingly as the system remains vulnerable and unpredictable, and we will communicate timeously should there be any significant changes to the power system.”