- Eskom has announced Stage 2 load-shedding will continue until Thursday
- In a bid to help commuters, the schedule will be suspended every morning
- This comes as the power utility aims to restore its fleet of neglected power stations to its former glory
Eskom has announced that Stage 2 load-shedding will be extended until Thursday morning.
Briefly.co.za reported that the outages were implemented last week, intended to continue until this morning.
But the utility revealed unplanned outages and breakdowns had prompted it to extend the cuts. In a new move, the schedule will be suspended in the early mornings.
This strategy aims to assist with the rush-hour commute, with the suspension taking place between 6am and 9am every day.
South Africans were urged to use electricity sparingly, with the state-owned entity apologising for any inconvenience:
"We regret that load-shedding has a negative impact on South Africa. Critical maintenance is being done to units on planned outages as well as some of those on unplanned outages to ensure timeous return to service."
Newly appointed CEO Andre de Ruyter warned the nation that load-shedding is to be expected at least for the next two years.
A history of neglect and mismanagement has left Eskom in tatters, with De Ruyter commenting that:
“We will, unfortunately, have to expect some increase in load-shedding. We are going to have to do this in a structured, careful managed way."
These latest outages form part of the plan to get the cash-strapped utility back on the right path, but unfortunately, South Africans are unwilling passengers on this bumpy road to renewal.