- Eskom is pleading with South Africa to cut down on electricity usage
- The power utility has revealed major breakdowns and says it urgently needs SA to step in
- The electricity grid is expected to be constrained until at least the weekend according to the state-owned entity
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Eskom has issued a warning to SA to urgently cut back on electricity usage after it lost four large units.
The units experienced unplanned breakdowns and a further two units remain offline despite being expected to return to service.
The grid, warned the power utility in a statement, is expected to remain constrained until the weekend.
The breakdowns were experienced at the Kendal, Majuba and Lethabo power stations. The maintenance delays were at Duvha and Tutuka.
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Another unit had been taken offline at Kendal after 'technical difficulties' and to address emissions.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the utility only has 31 000 MW available to meet the nation's demand on Tuesday evening:
"While we expect some units to return to service soon, this situation may persist until the weekend. We urge the public to reduce consumption by switching off non-essential appliances in order to maintain the integrity of the system."
News24 reports that blackouts had hit Johannesburg, reportedly due to an increase in demand coupled with a sudden rise in illegal connections.
Eskom has, thus far at least, managed to avoid load-shedding during the current Covid-19 national lockdown.
However, with winter kicking off, the utility has increasingly warned that citizens need to reduce usage as it battles to keep up with demand.
Last year had seen the nation struggling with crippling load-shedding which took an immense toll both on the economy and the daily lives of citizens.
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