- The situation at Eskom has seemingly worsened with load-shedding appearing more and more likely
- The power utility released a statement that suggests power cuts may be imminent as it deals with more breakdowns
- The City of Joburg has been urged to use electricity sparingly to avoid overloading the system
Statements from both Eskom and Johannesburg's City Power point to a high chance of load-shedding in the next few days.
The South African reports that the power cuts made a return in October after a seven-month break. Less than a month later it seems generational output is a concern once more.
Briefly.co.za reported that the utility warned of load-shedding being a possibility at short notice after a breakdown had reduced capacity on Tuesday.
A follow-up statement saw the entity reporting another breakdown on Wednesday:
“While some generational units have returned from maintenance, they aren’t sufficient enough to meet current demand. Since Monday, we’ve increased our use of pumped storage water and diesel generators to try and keep the lights on. But this increased usage has seen these reserves decline.”
Eskom insists that every effort is being made to increase supply but the threat of power cuts remains a reality:
“A concerted effort is being made to replenish both the diesel and water stocks. The probability of load shedding remains in place, and any shift on the system could result in load shedding being implemented at short notice. Our Emergency Response Command Centre is monitoring all developments.”
City Power, Johannesburg's electricity supplier, has pleaded with residents to use electricity.
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