South African Power Utility Eskom has issued a statement informing South Africans that Stage 2 load shedding will continue tonight at 21h00 and will end at 05h00 on Saturday morning.
System Breakdowns and planned maintenance have forced Eskom to implement load shedding. Breakdowns at both the Kriel and Tutuka power stations have yesterday put the South African electricity grid under extreme pressure.
Eskom has asked consumers to reduce their power consumption while they try and get the system back online.
Total breakdowns cost 14 982 MW of power while planned maintenance meant a further 5 334 MW of capacity was unavailable. While this Eskom says some of the generation capacity will be restored over the coming days, load shedding may continue during the weekend.
The power utility says that power reserves were depleted faster than expected. They said, ‘should the emergency generation reserves not recover sufficiently, it may be necessary to continue load shedding during the day and over the weekend’.
‘While Eskom expects a number of generating units to return to service from breakdowns during the course of the next few days, we urge the public to reduce the usage and to continue using electricity sparingly to assist in avoiding load shedding' concluded the power utility.
It is advised for consumers to unplug all electrical devices to prevent power surges from damaging devices and appliances.