- Eskom has reported that South Africa will undergo Stage 2 load-shedding from Tuesday and Wednesday
- The power provider explained that due to unplanned maintenance, load-shedding has been introduced to ensure sufficient power generation capacity
- The economy is expected to pick up from January as factories reopen after the holidays
Eskom has just announced that it will implement load-shedding Stage 2 from tonight, Tuesday, 29 December from 8pm until 5aam and again on Wednesday night.
Their tweet was captioned with:
"Eskom to implement load-shedding Stage 2 starting at 22:00 overnight until 05:00, again on Wednesday night."
The news broke after Eskom released a statement on Twitter informing the people of South Africa of the load-shedding schedule.
The statement explained that the load-shedding was necessary to ensure that sufficient generation reserves were in place as the demand for electricity is expected to increase from January.
The economy is expected to pick up as factories reopen after the holidays. Eskom reported that country currently generates 999 745MW and a further 11 346MW is unavailable due to unplanned maintenance.
The power generation utility called on South Africans to use electricity sparingly to limit the impact of the planned load-shedding.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that The Organisation of Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) has spoken out against an executive who enjoyed free electricity at his house for 14 years. The executive, Bartlett Hewu, was found to have been illegally connected to power in his home in Fourways, Johannesburg.
Hewu is the acting group executive of legal and compliance at Eskom and has not paid a cent for electricity since 2006. According to a report by TimesLIVE, the executive was found out after he had complained that he did not have any power. The discovery was made by Eskom technicians.
According to Eskom, Hewu's power has been reconnected and he has agreed to pay a fee of almost R250 000 for his transgressions. Eskom said they could not give more information on the matter because customer information is confidential.
In other news, 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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