If you look at it on the surface level, it might look like things at Eskom have improved in the last week. Last weekend was packed full of Stage 4 load shedding. This weekend, Eskom says it will only be implementing Stage 1. So why isn’t that good news? Well, it’s Eskom’s warning for the weeks ahead that are particularly scary. Here’s everything you need to know.
Stage 1 load shedding confirmed from 5 to 10PM
After a week full of constant Stage 2 in the evenings, Eskom will now implement Stage 1 from 5PM to 10PM on both Saturday and Sunday night.
Almost 16 000MWs of power are currently off the grid due to breakdowns. Just 4 279MWs are currently unavailable due to planned maintenance.
And in the weeks ahead, it is only going to get worse. Eskom now seems to be very open about that.
“Stage 1 load shedding will be implemented at 5PM until 10PM this afternoon. Stage 1 load shedding will be repeated at the same time tomorrow. Eskom cautions the public that as the shortage of generation capacity persists, the system will continue to be constrained with an elevated risk of load shedding over the coming weeks. “Eskom statement
A month OF SABOTAGE AT ESKOM
This month, Eskom confirmed two acts of sabotage at the Tutuka Power Station near Standerton, Mpumalanga.
Eskom said a cable was severed at Tutuka Power Station while the 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,” said the national power supplier.
Eskom has laid criminal charges and insists that the stations were sabotaged by people who had access to the station. The power utility’s forensic team is assisting police with their investigation.