Embattled power utility Eskom on Wednesday warned that load-shedding was expected to continue all day on Thursday. In a statement, Eskom said that it expected stage 2 load-shedding to last from 9am to 11pm.
“In order to protect the power system from a total collapse or blackout, and having taken into account all the recovery efforts currently being implemented, our prognosis for [Thursday] is that stage 2 rotational load-shedding will be implemented from 9am to 11pm. This requires that a total of 2,000MW be load-shed throughout the country,” said acting group executive Jabu Mabuza. The statement said that the rotational power cuts were needed because the electricity system had become “severely constrained”.
Mabuza said: “We understand the inconvenience that comes with load-shedding and want to assure our customers and South Africans at large that our objective is not to implement load-shedding; if necessary, to do so at minimal levels with as much predictability as possible.”
Eskom said that “unplanned breakdowns” were responsible for the latest bout of load-shedding. We wish to assure South Africans that we continue to double our efforts in order to restore secure energy supply,” the statement read.