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Eskom Increases Load Shedding To Stage 2: Here's What You Need To Know

Published September 21, 2023
8 months ago

Amidst prevailing power challenges, South Africa's beleaguered power supplier, Eskom, announced an escalation in the load shedding to stage 2 between the hours of 5am and 4pm. According to the company's spokesperson, Menzi Mngomezulu, this decision was necessitated by the unanticipated loss of three essential generation units on the eve of the announcement.

Pathing the outages course, Eskom had previously declared the initiation of stage 3 power cuts between 4pm and 5am, while regulating the power supply under stage 1 from 5am to 4pm on a daily basis till further announcements. Following the recent loss, Eskom assures the public of the publishing of updates regularly particularly if there are significant shifts.

Over the previous weekend, Eskom briefly suspended the power cuts due to lower demand levels. However, the current increase in load shedding stages redefines the power supply and consumption map in South Africa.

Despite the rise in power cuts, Minister of Electricity, Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, remains positive. He stated that the instances and intensity of load shedding have been trending downwards. Acknowledging the record-breaking number of days the country has experienced load shedding, he expressed confidence in navigating the nation out of this difficult situation.

Ramokgopa stated that two units from the Tutuka power station, a known underperformer, are expected to be operational by September. This will contribute approximately 2,500MW to the national grid, potentially offsetting at least two stages of the implemented rolling blackouts. The minister's aim was to increase confidence among citizens regarding the country's ability to resolve the load shedding issue.

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