Eskom announces weekend of Stage 2 load-shedding: Mzansi reacts

Eskom announces weekend of Stage 2 load-shedding: Mzansi reacts

- South Africans are not set to have the brightest weekend possibly after Eskom implemented Stage 2 load-shedding

- The power outages are set to kick in from 06:00 and are set to be repeated on Sunday according to the state-owned entity

- Citizens were far from impressed with the announcement, taking to social media to weigh in with their opinions on the situation

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South Africans woke up to life minus electricity after Eskom announced Stage 2 load-shedding following warnings of a constrained system.

The embattled power utility announced that the power cuts would run until 23:00 and continue on Sunday in a statement issued on Friday night:

"Eskom regrets to have to announce the implementation of Stage 2 loadshedding starting at 06:00 tomorrow. Load-shedding will be repeated on Sunday as the system is severely constrained."

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Eskom announces weekend of Stage 2 load-shedding: Mzansi reacts
Eskom announced that the load-shedding would continue for the remainder of the weekend. Image: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg
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The state-owned entity explained that it needed to replenish depleted emergency power generation reserves as the festive season approaches.

Eskom has lately been cautioning about its constrained generating capacity after unplanned outages surpassed the 10 000MW mark.

Two units at the Kendal Power station went offline in order to comply with environmental legislation, while four more at Camden Power Station were taken offline 'to conserve the integrity of the ash dam facility'.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan and Minister of Justice Ronald Lamola briefed South Africa today on the measures that will be taken against corruption.

Eskom has currently been under fire due to the suspicious activity taking place in South Africa's electricity public utility. Government Communications and Informations Systems (GCIS) has spoken about how the criminal investigation is currently ongoing.

"Eskom has been investigating all suspicious contracts for the past few years, with a view of recovering any losses it suffered as a result of criminal activities by its own employees who may have illegally colluded with some of the contractors," said GCIS on Twitter.

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According to GCIS, Eskom has already recovered R1.1 billion from McKinsey and R171 million from Deloitte Consulting in an effort to fight against corruption.

"Eskom has also instituted a claim for R3.8 billion against members of the Gupta family, Gupta associates, former Eskom executives and a former government minister, as well as a R95 million claim against PwC," said GCIS.

Take a look at just a handful of the many reactions to the situation below:

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