- South Africa is already facing a pandemic and high unemployment rates and now Eskom has announced a new stress for the nation
- The state-owned entity has announced that Stage 2 load-shedding will be implemented nationwide from 12pm on Friday afternoon
- This comes as the cash-strapped power utility continues to endure multiple crippling breakdowns on key generation units
If your weekend plans involved having a constant supply of electricity think again, Eskom has announced that load-shedding has once again returned to Mzansi, jumping straight to Stage 2.
In a statement released by the power utility on Friday morning, it confirmed that generation unit breakdowns had forced its hand:
"Due to the increase in generation unit breakdowns, Eskom regrets to inform the country that it will implement Stage 2 load-shedding starting at 12:00. This will continue until 22:00.
"This load-shedding has been caused by an increase in plant breakdowns exceeding 3 000 MW of capacity. Eskom is working hard to return as many of these generation units to service."
Eskom further explained that it had been dealing with multiple breakdowns revealing that issues had cropped up at the following power stations:
"While five generation units were taken off the grid last night and this morning, a breakdown at the Matimba power station has today resulted in the need for load-shedding.
"Two units at the Arnot power station as well as a unit each at Kendal, Tutuka and Majuba were taken off the grid last night and this morning. These removed more than 3 000 MW of capacity from the system."
The utility urged the public to use power sparingly, warning the outages could continue over the weekend:
"We urge the public to continue reducing electricity usage to help us minimise load-shedding. This constrained supply situation may persist throughout the weekend. We also request the public to reduce electricity usage between 16:00 and 22:00 in order to assist us in limiting the incidence of load-shedding."
The power utility is battling to balance much-needed repairs to its ageing fleet of power stations and a crippling debt burden.
In previous news, Briefly.co.za reported that the issues at Eskom had been chalked up to years of mismanagement, corruption and looting.
Former Eskom bosses Abram Masango and France Hlakudi had been charged with fraud, corruption and money laundering. Briefly.co.za reported that R745 million worth of questionable deals had been struck under their watch, with the pair receiving massive R30 million kickbacks for their efforts.
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