Here we go again! Eskom has announced it will be implementing stage 2 load shedding on Monday, 30 May 2022 from 17:00 until 22:00. The embattled power utility says there was a breakdown of generation units at Majuba and Medupi power stations, which necessitated the re-introduction of load shedding.
The power utility has been carrying out load shedding during the evening peak these past few weeks as it struggles to meet the demand for electricity. On Sunday, Eskom moved to suspend load shedding, but warned it would be bringing back the rolling blackouts soon, due to a loss in generation capacity.
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SHOULD WE EXPECT ANYMORE LOAD SHEDDING THIS WEEK?
Eskom says three generation units are expected to return to service on Monday, which would usually increase the chances of load shedding being suspended, but given the current state of affairs, it isn’t clear whether South Africans should be preparing for another week of five-hour power cuts.
In the meantime, the utility says it will continue monitoring the system and give an update on the grid when the need arises. It has further urged citizens to limit the risk of load shedding by continuing to reduce the usage of electricity and to switch off all non-essential items.
“Eskom cautions the public that as the shortage of generation capacity persists, the system will continue to be constrained with an elevated risk of loadshedding over the coming weeks. We would like to remind the public that loadshedding is implemented only as a last resort to protect theEskom Spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha
national grid. We therefore urge all South Africans to continue using electricity sparingly especially between 05:00 – 09:00 in the mornings and 16:00 – 22:00 in the evenings”