Eskom announces stage 4 load shedding until Monday

Eskom announces stage 4 load shedding until Monday

Eskom has ramped up power cuts to stage 4 from Saturday until Monday morning.

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The power utility says due to additional breakdowns overnight, it was unable to replenish the much-needed emergency reserves.

This, it says, worsened the current generation capacity constraints.

Eskom is battling to keep the lights on this week, announcing stage 3 power cuts for Friday followed by a week of stage 2 load shedding.

The utility's spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha says a unit at Kendal power station was taken offline for emergency repairs, while a unit each at Majuba, Lethabo, and Camden - as well as Hydro de Cahorra Bassa in Mozambique - were shut down for critical planned maintenance.

"We currently have 5 579 megawatts of planned maintenance, while another 16 599 megawatts of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns", he added.

A generation unit each at Kusile and Tutuka power stations returned to service.

Eskom is expected to hold a media briefing on Monday to give an update on the state of the energy grid.


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