South Africa has once again been plunged into darkness after its power utility Eskom implemented stage 2 loadshedding.
Eskom implemented power cuts on Monday evening and is expected to stop the rolling power outages on Saturday 12 March in the morning.
Eskom said, “Since yesterday evening Eskom teams have returned four generation units to service. Two other units were, however, taken offline for repairs. A further two units are expected to return to service today while an additional four units will return to service by the weekend”.
The power utility explained that at least seven units were offline resulting in severe pressure being put on the power grid.
“Medupi Unit 3 broke down, necessitating load shedding to be implemented…continuously until 5 am on Wednesday. This adds to the multiple generating unit failures that occurred over the past 24 hours and has severely reduced available generating capacity” explained Eskom on Monday.
One unit each at Matla, Kendal, Matimba, Kusile and Grootvlei power stations tripped, while a unit each at Arnot and Hendrina power stations were forced to shut down.
The power utility is calling on South Africans to use electricity sparingly and switch off all non-essential appliances.
President Cyril Ramaphosa described the challenges faced by Eskom as very difficult. However, he believes the government's new power procurement could help remedy the situation.
“We are speeding up the acquisition of the 4000MW. Once we’ve got an additional 4000MW, we are in a much better position. This is important for the economy, for the people of South Africa. We want to see this resolved [but] there will be those hiccups, those ups and downs. But the matter is being addressed, and is being handled,” said the president.