- Load-shedding has returned, an unwelcome guest in every South African home
- Eskom has issued a warning that Stage 2 blackouts would continue on Thursday
- Briefly.co.za explores why citizens have been plunged into darkness once again
Eskom has become the butt of jokes and the cause of frustration once more with the return of load-shedding.
The embattled power utility issued warning that it is currently facing 'severe generation capacity challenges' and, as a result, would continue to implement Stage 2 load-shedding on Thursday, reports Fin24.
In a statement issued in the wake of the shortages, acting CEO Jabu Mabuza commented:
"In order to protect the power system from a total collapse or blackout and having taken into account all the recovery efforts currently being implemented, our prognosis for tomorrow (Thursday) is that Stage 2 rotational load-shedding will be implemented from 09:00 to 23:00."
The state-owned entity has chalked the issues up to five power-generating units that had experienced boiler tube leaks.
A conveyor supplying coal to the Medupi power station broke down over the weekend. This has yet to be repaired and the Limpopo-based station is only running at a third of its capacity.
Mabuza revealed that coal is being supplied manually while the entity seeks solutions to the failure.
Eskom has been relying heavily on gas turbines to make up for the shortfall in supply, but diesel stocks are running low, further adding to the need for load-shedding.
Wednesday saw additional diesel arriving, with Mabuza certain that the required reserves would be built up.
As for how long the power shortage would continue, COO Jan Oberholzer told Radio 702 that the load-shedding could persist for the next week.
Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had recently lauded South Africa as a prime investment destination, adamant that the government is hard at work to combat challenges, including the situation at Eskom.
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