- South Africans need to brace themselves not only for the cold front, but also for a high chance that load-shedding is here to stay for a while
- Eskom says that power outages across the nation seem set to continue well beyond the weekend
- This comes after the state-owned utility experienced a multitude of breakdowns at power stations
Eskom has warned Mzansi that the current load-shedding gripping the nation is likely to continue into next week.
In a statement issued on Saturday, the power utility explained that teams are working around the clock to return things to normal, but in the meantime outages are unavoidable:
"Eskom will continue implementing Stage 2 load-shedding until 22:00 tonight. Loadshedding will then be suspended during the night, will resume at 08:00 tomorrow at Stage 2 and continue until 22:00 on Sunday night. Implementing load-shedding tomorrow is necessary in order to replenish the emergency generation reserves to better prepare for the coming week. Due to the much colder weather, demand for electricity has also risen significantly."
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that the utility had announced the return of the infamous outages on Friday afternoon after experiencing numerous breakdowns at multiple power plants.
Meanwhile, billionaire Bill Gates has called on world leaders to ensure that every person on the planet has equal access to Covid-19 treatments in the face of the global pandemic.
The philanthropist explained that allowing capitalism to control where treatments get distributed would only serve to prolong the duration of the outbreak:
"If we just let drugs and vaccines go to the highest bidder, instead of to the people and the places where they are most needed, we'll have a longer, more unjust, deadlier pandemic.We need leaders to make these hard decisions about distributing based on equity, not just on market-driven factors."
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