Eskom Announces Stage 3 Load Shedding: Warns It May Continue

Eskom Announces Stage 3 Load Shedding: Warns It May Continue

- After implementing load shedding on Tuesday evening Eskom has announced the implementation of renewed outages on Wednesday

- The power utility announced that as of Wednesday afternoon the nation will be experiencing Stage 3 outages

- While Eskom noted that this will continue into Thursday morning, it remains likely that it will continue into the remainder of the day

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Eskom has announced on Wednesday that it will be implementing load-shedding set at Stage 3 across South Africa.

Eskom Announces Stage 3 Load Shedding: Warns It May Continue

Eskom warned that it remains likely load shedding will continue. Image: Pexels
Source: UGC

In a statement released to announce the move, the utility explained that it has lost generation and needs to replenish emergency generation reserves:

"Eskom regrets to inform the public that Stage 3 load shedding will be implemented from 13:00 this afternoon until 06:00 tomorrow morning. This load shedding is necessary as the power generation system is still severely constrained due to high generation unit breakdowns during the past three days, as well as the need to replenish diminishing emergency generation reserves."
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The power utility admitted that the power system remains 'unpredictable', warning that there is a high possibility that the outages will continue:

"The outlook for the power system is unpredictable and there is a high probability of load shedding continuing on Thursday. Eskom will continue to assess and communicate promptly as the situation changes."

The state-owned entity explained that the Lethabo, Kendal and Duvha power stations had each lost a generation unit due to repairs, adding to the 'high' number of breakdowns and units that have 'failed to return to service as planned'.

The utility currently has 4 848MW on planned maintenance with a further 14 521MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns and delays:

"As previously communicated, Eskom continues to implement reliability maintenance during this period, and as such, the system will continue to be constrained, with the possibility of load shedding remaining elevated."
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The power utility further called upon South Africans to use electricity sparingly as it attempts to regain control of the power grid:

"Eskom requests the public to continue using electricity sparingly as the system remains vulnerable and unpredictable, and we will communicate timeously, should there be any significant changes to the power system."

Earlier, reported that Eskom recently headed to its official Twitter page to announce that certain parts of the country will be facing stage 2 load-shedding on Tuesday.

According to their tweet, the load-shedding is part of an effort on their part to replenish emergency generation reserves.

"#POWERALERT1. Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented from 22:00 tonight until 05:00 in the morning in order to replenish emergency generation reserves," wrote the power utility company in the tweet.

Mzansi folks, who are not new to load shedding or complaining about Eskom, once again headed to the comment section to share their criticism with the company that has successfully managed to plunge the country into darkness on a number of occasions.

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