Eskom implements stage 2 load shedding

Eskom 'breaks' load shedding promise

Eskom said on Thursday it was not able to generate its required capacity due to industrial action that affected them this week.

"Some employees continue to work around the clock to restore stability to operations and supply".

Eskom has warned that the probability of rotational load shedding will increase during the evening peak period from 5pm - 9pm tonight, due to the normal expected increase in demand.

It said a cold snap was likely to add pressure to a system that was already under strain following incidents of sabotage and intimidation of staff during wage negotiations.

These processes have now to be cleared out and restarted which would take additional time.

The prognosis will include analysing coal management and transportation, as there is now an inability for the power utility to transport coal from coal stock yards to coal stock bunkers without operating staff.

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Gordhan convened a meeting on Friday with Eskom's board and management as well as the National Union of Mineworkers, National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and Solidarity. Consumers should reduce electricity use to minimise the risk of load-shedding it said, using a local term for rolling blackouts.

This followed a second consecutive day of load shedding.

The power system will be "severely constrained" between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday, Eskom said through its Twitter account.

"We continue to encourage residents and businesses to continue using electricity sparingly".

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality also issued an alert indicating the possibility of load-shedding. Eskom customers can also contact our customer contact centre at 0860 037 566.



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