South Africa's state-owned power utility, Eskom, previously warned South Africans that loadshedding could be implemented at any time. Briefly News will keep readers up to date with Eskom's loadshedding notices with live updates on loadshedding schedules and implementation.
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JOHANNESBURG - South Africans need to brace themselves for cold nights this week as Eskom moves to implement rolling blackouts from Monday, 20 June.
In a statement issued on Twitter, Eskom says Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented between 5pm and 10pm every night until Thursday evening.
Eskom says the reason behind the rolling blackouts is a lack of generation capacity. The state-owned entity says over 14 000 MW of capacity is currently unavailable due to breakdowns and more than 5 000 MW of capacity will also not be available due to planned maintenance.
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Eskom has urged South Africans to use electricity sparingly electricity and switch off all non-essential appliances. The power utility has warned that should shortages in generation capacity increase, loadshedding could persist for the upcoming weeks.
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Read the full statement below:
South Africans weigh in
"Seems like loadshedding is the only service delivery we get on time without fail, even twice as promised "
"Thank you very much we have been missing it. Thursday is too soon. How about making it till December."
"You should have just done this earlier, instead of warning us that you may do it!!"
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2 June 2022 Update - Eskom recent issued a statement saying that its systems are constrained. The state-owned power utility stated while it does not anticipate that loadshedding will be implemented, it has warned that rolling blackouts could come into effect at short notice.
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Eskom says should it experience further breakdowns, loadshedding could be implemented between 5pm and 10pm on Thursday, 2 June.
Read the full statement here:
Eskom implements loadshedding Stage 2 on Monday night
South Africans might have to deal with another week of no electricity. This comes after the state-owned power utility Eskom announced on Monday, 30 May that Stage 2 rolling blackouts were being implemented.
In a statement issued by Eskom on Twitter, the power utility stated that generation units at Majuba and Medupi power stations broke down. As result, loadshedding will be implemented during peak hours from 5pm to 10pm.
Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha stated that the generation units were supposed to come back online on Monday night. Eskom says it is currently 2246MW on planned maintenance, with another 15 847 MW of capacity unavailable due to breakdowns.
The power utility has also warned that loadshedding could persist throughout the week should there be further breakdowns, South Africans have also been warned to use electricity sparingly during peak hours.
Here's the full statement:
South Africans are tired of loadshedding
Heading online, South Africans are not pleased with Eskom for implementing more loadshedding. Some people are wondering if they should be confrontational with Eskom employees because of rolling blackouts.
Here are some comments:
"Wtf keeps breaking every day? This is really sickening! How can a previously, industry-leading company, be having so many breakdowns and losing so much capacity like this?! During the day too, people are surely not overpowering the grid at this time? Gatvol honestly. "
"Wow exactly like I predicted yesterday when you said you're suspending loadshedding. Can't even run the system without incidents for a day. Lost 2000MW in 24 hours. And still, not one political party is coming out in the media condemning this."
"So what was the purpose of ending loadshedding yesterday to bring it back today?"
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"So @CyrilRamaphosa is this how we must live from now on??? Allow independent power producers to save us because clearly, you can’t. #VoetsekANC #FUeskom"
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