Due to increased electricity demand and a shortage of generation capacity resulting from maintenance of power station units, Eskom has implemented stage one load shedding from 19:00 (local time) Monday night and this is likely to continue until 22:00.
Eskom would like to assure customers that load shedding is implemented as a necessary measure to protect the power system and to ensure that maintenance is carried out in order to guarantee that our supply of electricity can be maintained in the long term,” the company said.
The maintenance work is being carried out on a power station in Mozambique, which provides South Africa with 1,500 megawatts.
South Africans have been spared load shedding for five consecutive weeks after being subjected to constant load shedding since November last year.
Eskom says it imposes load shedding as a last resort to protect the national system from a total blackout.
South Africa has suffered from power insufficiency since 2008.
Power cuts, which have cost the economy an estimated 22 billion U.S. dollars since 2008, have again become commonplace since last November when two Eskom’s coal-burning major power stations broke down.
Eskom has three stages for load shedding. Stage one allows for up to 1000MW of the national load to be shed once a day. If the pressure grows, stage two for up to 2000MW, and then stage three for up to 4000MW.
At stage two, power goes off twice a day, while at stage three, electricity could be cut two or three times a day. Enditem