Eskom has just announced that load shedding may be on the cards this week. The loss of several power stations has affected the company’s generation system, which could lead to power cuts during peak hours in the evening.
“While Eskom is working hard to return generating units to service, the possibility of load shedding during the peak demand hours is high. We request the public to reduce electricity usage as the power generation system is severely constrained,” said the company in a statement.
“One generation unit at the Tutuka power station tripped, while another one was taken off the grid, as well as a unit at Lethabo. The return to service of a generation unit each at Duvha and Kendal power stations have been delayed. All of these have added significant pressure to the generation system.Any additional breakdowns will compromise Eskom’s ability to supply the country through the peak demand period of 5pm – 9pm. This constrained supply situation may persist through the weekend. We urge the public’s co-operation in managing demand in order to help us avoid load shedding and supply the country’s demand through the peak periods.”
Eskom has not announced which province’s can expect load shedding.
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) July 9, 2020