Sometimes, it’s just really tempting to bring you these updates and use profanities for every other word. However, we’re going to resist that for now, and perhaps Eskom could take a leaf out of our book – because we’re going to remain professional: The firm has announced that Stage 3 load shedding will be in place on Thursday 10 June.
Load shedding schedule for Thursday 10 June
What’s going on? Ah, it’s the usual: Some of our worst-behaved power plants are experiencing breakdowns. All the usual suspects have been named on Wednesday night, and in preparation for a turbulent day on Thursday, a 14-hour schedule of Stage 3 load shedding will be in place from 8:00, right through to 22:00.
This comes on the same day the country reverted to Stage 4 power cuts, sparking a furious reaction from gatvol citizens. For the past 10 days, the electricity grid has been on the blink – and there are few signs of improvement coming our way. It has indeed been a long SIX YEARS since Cyril Ramaphosa said load shedding ‘would become a thing of the past’.
Stage 3 cuts confirmed – for 14 hours
Eskom had the brass neck to issue yet another apology on Wednesday. We’ll see how many decide to accept it…
“Although there has been a slight improvement in generation performance today, we have unfortunately had further breakdowns at Kusile, Matla, and Tutuka Power Stations. Regretfully, this means Eskom will have to implement Stage 3 load shedding throughout Thursday. This is so we can continue to replenish our depleted emergency reserves.”
“These reserves are needed to respond in emergencies that preserve the stability of the national grid. It will take place between 8:00 to 22:00 on 10 June. From 22:00, Stage 2 load shedding will return. Breakdowns total 13 995 MW of capacity. These constraints will continue for the foreseeable future.” | Eskom statement
Loadshedding will be increased to Stage 3 from 08:00 until 22:00 on Thursday, after which it will
revert to Stage 2 as previously communicated pic.twitter.com/1KTj9nGAC1
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) June 9, 2021