- Eskom has warned that the return of load shedding is on the cards and this is the last thing anyone wanted to hear
- In a statement, the power utility said said possibility of load-shedding during the evening peak time is high
- Eskom has urged the public to use electricity sparingly as this could make the difference between having power or not
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Eskom said in a statement on Wednesday that it has lost several power-generation units and any further losses could plunge the country back into rolling blackouts.
The reason for the latest crisis is that one generation unit each at the Kendel and Tutuka power stations have tripped, adding to the Tutuka unit that tripped on Tuesday evening.
Speaking to CapeTALK, Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha said there is a high probability that load-shedding could be making a return.
The country has not experienced load-shedding since the national lockdown started in March. What some area have experienced is load reduction - rolling blackouts because of illegal connections.
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"The generation system is constrained due to the cold front… some of the generation units have broken down. There is a high probability of load-shedding during the evenings between five and nine, starting today.
"These machines – as we keep reminding the people of South Africa – are quite unreliable and prone to break down when they’re run hard."
The South African Weather Services (SAWS) warned of a cold front expected this weekend and Eskom has been experiencing increased power usage as people jostle to keep warm.
Mantshantsha added that they have had to use all their resources, including burning diesel, and he added that even that may not be enough.
Multiple warnings from the company have been directed at the public in the last week, asking citizens to cut down on electricity consumption wherever possible.
Eskom has expected a high demand during peak hours of 5pm to 9pm. Eskom issued another warning on Thursday about the increased power usage.
The statement revealed that the possibility of load-shedding is ‘high’ and any other significant breakdowns could severely limit their capacity to keep the lights on, said The South African.
This problem may persist through the weekend.
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