JOHANNESBURG – Eskom will implement stage one load-shedding from yesterday morning, the parastatal announced.
The utility posted on its Twitter feed shortly after 9am: “Eskom will implement load-shedding stage one from 10:30am today. It is likely to continue until 10pm. We will give updates throughout the day”.
Earlier yesterday, Eskom spokesman, Andrew Etzinger, said there was a good chance that South Africans would experience further power cuts.
“The grid is exceptionally tight. There is a medium to high chance of load-shedding today (Tuesday) if we do see further technical challenges developing,” Etzinger said.
He said 25% of Eskom’s generator capacity was not operational due to technical problems.
“We will implement the stage necessary in order to protect the grid. We won’t go to stage three unless it is absolutely necessary.”
Eskom on Monday announced on Twitter that it had moved its power cuts from stage one to two.
“Load-shedding has moved from stage 1 to stage 2 as of 3pm,” it tweeted.
Power cuts would continue until 10pm, it said at the time.
Stage one allows for up to 1 000 megawatts (MW) of the national load to be shed, stage two for up to 2 000MW, and stage three for up to 4 000MW.
It said the power system was severely constrained due to unforeseen technical problems at power stations.