Eskom has ramped up load shedding to Stage 6 from Sunday morning and is still in place on MONDAY morning.
STAGE 6 LOAD SHEDDING REMAINS IN PLACE FOR NOW
“Following the tripping of a generation unit each at Kusile and Kriel power stations, Stage 6 load shedding was implemented effective 04:16. Eskom appeals to the public to help conserve electricity.”said Eskom via a tweet.
This follows Saturday morning’s escalation to Stage 5 from Stage 4.
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ESKOM SAID THE SYSTEM IS UNDER PRESSURE
Eskom chief executive officer Andre de Ruyter said that the power utility had been hit with a double blow of failing units and running out of reserves, which has necessitated a move to stage 6 load shedding on Sunday.
Group chief operating officer Jan Oberholzer, meanwhile, said that there is no certainty for the week ahead, and stage 6 will remain in place until the necessary capacity has been restored.
Speaking at a media briefing on Sunday, De Ruyter said that Eskom is currently sitting with planned losses of 7,062MW, full unit losses 10,877MW, and partial losses of 4,753MW (unplanned losses of 15,630MW).
The system is under pressure and has been for the whole week, he said, which has forced Eskom to run its reserves, diesel, and dams very hard. These reserves need to be urgently replenished, he said, and maintenance teams are working flat out to bring units back.
HERE IS YOUR LATEST SCHEDULE:
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- City of Tshwane
- City of Johannesburg
- City of Ekurhuleni
- City of Cape Town
- Nelson Mandela Bay
- Buffalo City
For access to other load shedding schedules, Eskom has made them available on loadshedding.eskom.co.za.
BRACE YOURSELF, SNOW AND HEAVY RAIN ARE ALSO EXPECTED ON MONDAY
FREEZING temperatures are expected as SNOW, and heavy rain will make landfall on MONDAY. Snow of up to 20cm while heavy rain of up to 100mm is expected in parts of South Africa.
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RAMAPHOSA URGED SOUTH AFRICANS TO GET ROOFTOP SOLAR
President Cyril Ramaphosa said they intend to enable businesses and households to invest in rooftop solar to generate electricity.
He said South Africa has a great abundance of sun that should be used to generate electricity.
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“There is significant potential for households and businesses to install rooftop solar and connect this power to the grid.
“To incentivise greater uptake of rooftop solar, Eskom will develop rules and a pricing structure – known as a feed-in tariff – for all commercial and residential installations on its network.”President Cyril Ramaphosa
Meanwhile, Eskom plans to apply for a MASSIVE tariff increase from 1 April 2023/24. This was announced on Thursday.
ESKOM MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT ON THURSDAY
The tariff application is under consideration by Nersa, which must make a final decision by Christmas eve at the latest.
It is believed that public hearings will be held next week. Eskom’s announcement on Thursday was to inform the public that it had updated its tariff application for the financial years 2024 and 2025.
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