Friday, July 10, 2020 - 11:19am
With a severely constrained power system, Eskom said in a media release on Friday that it may be forced to implement load shedding.
"Five generation units were taken off the grid, significantly raising the possible need for load shedding. We urge the public to continue reducing electricity usage to help us avoid load shedding."
The statement goes on to say that should the need arise, load-shedding could be implemented in order to protect the integrity of the system in which case there is a risk of load shedding between 16:00 and 22:00.
"Two units at the Arnot power station, as well as a unit each at Kendal, Tutuka and Majuba were taken off the grid. These removed more than 2 600MW of capacity from the system. The delayed return to service of a generation unit at the Duvha power station has also added significant pressure to the generation system."
Additional breakdowns will compromise Eskom’s ability to supply the country and this constrained supply situation may persist throughout the weekend.
“We request the public to reduce electricity usage between 4 pm and 10 pm in order to assist us in preventing the need for load shedding. Over the past two evenings, the help of the public assisted us in avoiding the need for load shedding. With your help, Eskom can pull through without load shedding,” said Eskom.
SA - with the exception of Gauteng - has thus far been able to avoid load shedding during the lockdown. Gauteng has faced bouts of localised rolling blackouts known as "load rotation", which Eskom has attributed to vandalism and illegal connections.