Sandton will have to brace itself for another wave of darkness as Eskom implements Stage 2 load-shedding once more as part of an attempt to ‘replenish emergency generation reserves’.
- Emergency reserves have been depleted faster than expected due to further breakdowns.
- Load-shedding could continue into the weekend.
- Eskom has not implemented load-shedding since July 22.
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Stage 2 load-shedding will be implemented starting tonight from 9pm to 5am in the morning, and will again resume on Friday night from 9pm to 5am on Saturday morning. Should the emergency generation reserves not recover sufficiently, it may be necessary to continue load-shedding during the day and over the weekend.
Emergency reserves have been depleted faster than expected due to further breakdowns of a generating unit each at Kriel and Tutuka power stations today. Delays in returning generating units at Tutuka, Grootvlei, and Kendal have also contributed to the depletion of emergency reserves. Total breakdowns amount to 14 982MW while planned maintenance is 5 334MW of capacity.
While Eskom expects a number of generating units to return to service from breakdowns during the course of the next few days but urges the public to reduce the usage and to continue using electricity sparingly to assist in avoiding load-shedding.
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