- Eskom announced the return of Stage 4 load-shedding on Wednesday afternoon
- The power utility has indicated that cold weather had added to an already-strained situation
- Eskom further revealed that load-shedding is expected to continue into the weekend
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Eskom has announced that it will be implementing Stage 4 load-shedding from 3pm to 10pm on Wednesday due to the power system being 'severely constrained', in addition to cold weather placing demand on the grid.
In a statement released by the embattled power utility, it also noted that multiple unit breakdowns had added to the crisis:
"Due to the continuing severe generation supply constraints caused by multiple unit breakdowns as well as the additional demand caused by the cold weather, Eskom will escalate the level of load-shedding to Stage 4."
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The situation is set to remain bleak for South Africa as Eskom attempts to regain full capacity with the statement continuing to say that:
"Load-shedding will persist throughout the weekend as Eskom teams work around the clock to return as many of these generation units to service as possible. Eskom will continue to communicate the stage of load-shedding should there be any further developments. This load-shedding is necessary in order to conserve and replenish emergency reserves while also maintaining the stability of the power system."
The state-owned entity announced that technicians had managed to regain a handful of units but additional breakdowns had prompted the escalated power outages:
"Eskom teams have successfully returned a generation unit each at Tutuka, Komati, Hendrina and the Camden power stations. Two additional units, however, have suffered breakdowns at the Matla and Kriel power stations. Unplanned breakdowns amount to 11 300MW of capacity, adding to the 5 040MW currently out on planned maintenance."
Eskom urged South Africans to reduce electricity consumption as it attempts to get a handle on the situation, continuing to say that:
"We urge the people of South Africa to help reduce electricity usage in order to assist Eskom to reduce the instance of load-shedding."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Mzansi had been unimpressed by the return of power outages across the nation.
Numerous citizens lamented that Eskom continues to face immense challenges when it comes to consistently providing SA with power.
This is despite the immense reprieve granted by the Covid-19 lockdown, which saw numerous factories shutting down due to restrictions.
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