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  • “Lights out! We’ve got 15 hours of load shedding this weekend – here’s the schedule”

    “Lights out! We’ve got 15 hours of load shedding this weekend – here’s the schedule”

    Due to the shortage of generation capacity, Eskom will be implementing stage 2 load shedding in the evenings over the weekend.

    Load shedding is expected to take place from 17:00 until 22:00 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. 

    STAGE 2 LOAD SHEDDING THIS WEEKEND

    “Eskom will continue to closely monitor the system, adjust and communicate any changes as may be necessary,”  

    said the power utility.

    Eskom currently has 3 405MW on planned maintenance, while another 15 534MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns.

    South Africans are urged to help limit the impact of load shedding by reducing the usage of electricity and switching off non-essential items.

    The public is reminded that load shedding is implemented only as a last resort to protect the national grid.

    “We, therefore, urge all South Africans to continue using electricity sparingly, especially between 05:00 – 09:00 in the morning and 16:00 – 22:00 in the evenings,”

    said Eskom.

    ESKOM TUTKA STATION BEING SABOTAGED

    Meanwhile, on Thursday Eskom confirmed an incident in which a cable was severed at the Tutuka Power Station this week while the power station was finalising preparations to return Unit 5 to service. 

    The damage to the cable had the effect of delaying the unit’s return to service by three days as it took some time to locate the fault. 

    “Once discovered, the cable was repaired in a short space of time. The return to service of Unit 5 was then resumed.

    “On the same day a few hours later, it was again discovered that there was a station control air pressure drop and the same Unit 5 Turbine systems which consume control air for operation were de-energised,” 

    said Eskom.

    It was later discovered that the control air pipe supplying the Turbine systems had been cut with a power tool and the entire bend removed. 

    The power utility said the same was welded back on and the system charged with control air before being normalised. 

    Eskom has since laid criminal charges with the South African Police Service and its forensic team is assisting with the investigation.

    This is the fifth incident of sabotage since March 2021, and all of these have been reported to the police.

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