‘A national disaster looms in winter’ — continued blackouts met with outrage
The announcement by Eskom to extend planned blackouts to Wednesday has been met with outrage on social media. The power utility said it would continue to implement power cuts due to its “severely constrained generation capacity”.
Eskom said it suffered further breakdowns at five power stations during the weekend.
“Over the past two days, Eskom teams successfully returned a generation unit each at the Matimba and Medupi power stations. However, during the weekend, we suffered further breakdowns at the five power stations, putting further strain on the generation capacity,” it said on Sunday.
#PowerAlert1— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) March 14, 2021
Stage 2 loadshedding will be extended to 05:00 on Wednesday following the loss of further
generation capacity and to replenish emergency generation reserves@News24 @SABCNews @NewzroomAfrika @eNCA @IOL @ewnupdates @SundayTimesZA @SowetanLIVE pic.twitter.com/P9xezDoIBG
Eskom warned last week that power cuts could be extended beyond Sunday should its capacity remain constrained. It reported breakdowns at the Kriel, Medupi and Kendal power stations.
Here are some of the responses from social media:
Eskom is extending loadshedding until Wednesday. Hayi we are in hell as abantu.— YouTube: Asisipho Burwana (@Shoun_B) March 14, 2021