Eskom ramps up load-shedding to stage 3 for the weekend, downgrades again on Sunday morning
State electricity utility Eskom downgraded weekend load-shedding to stage 2 on Sunday morning, after initially saying stage 3 would continue until Monday morning.
This was because four generating units "successfully returned to service" on Saturday night.
#POWERALERT 1— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) February 16, 2020
Date: 16 February 2020
Eskom moves to Stage 2 rotational loadshedding after recovery in generation performance@News24 @TimesLIVE @eNCA @iol @SABCNewsOnline @TheCitizen_News @SAfmRadio @POWER987News @ukhozi_fm @METROFMSA @ewnupdates pic.twitter.com/k9RP9EfONx
On Saturday, Eskom said stage 3 rotational power cuts would be in place from 9am Saturday until 5am Monday.
Despite some units returning to service on Friday night, stage 3 shedding was needed to “accommodate the shortage of capacity and to replenish emergency reserves”, said the statement.
“Unplanned outages or breakdowns were at 10,612MW as at 6am this morning [Saturday], while planned maintenance is at 6,574MW.
“As the system is vulnerable, any additional changes on the system performance may require a shift in stage at short notice.”
#POWERALERT 1— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) February 15, 2020
Date: 15 February 2020
Stage 3 rotational loadshedding will be implemented from 09:00 today until 05:00 on Monday @SABCNewsOnline @IOL @eNCA @ewnupdates @TimesLIVE @News24 @TheCitizen_News @Moneyweb @TheSAnews @SAgovnews @SaturdayStar @SowetanLIVE pic.twitter.com/PJoCtc8n3Z
* This story has been updated since it was first published on Saturday