- Eskom has confirmed that Stage 2 load-shedding will continue over the weekend
- This comes after the return of the power outages on Wednesday evening
- But this is just the beginning of the long road to renewal at the embattled state-owned entity
Change your plans for the weekend: the 'Prince of Darkness' is coming over for a visit.
Eskom has confirmed that Stage 2 load-shedding would continue through the weekend until Monday.
But the power outages were to be expected, with new CEO André de Ruyter previously indicating that load-shedding would be a part of life for at least the next two years.
Briefly.co.za reported that the newly appointed head of the state-owned entity commented:
"It's difficult for me to commit to a timeline... we certainly are working on a very well developed program, we are going to the board next week to get approval and once that is done we'll be able to start our communication process. But we do expect that there'll be a period of 18 to 24 months when there'll be some form of interruption in supply in order for us to rebuild capacity and keep South Africa consistently supplies with electricity."
The current outages, according to a statement issued by Eskom, are due to breakdowns during maintenance.
With the entity's ageing fleet of power stations neglected over the past few years, the utility is tasked with carrying out much-needed repairs while keeping the grid powered at the same time.
Commenting on the recent bout of outages, the power utility apologised to an understandably annoyed nation:
“We apologise unreservedly to South Africans for the negative impact this may have on them.”
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