South Africa – Monday, November 27, 2023
Eskom has announced that it will implement Stage 4 load shedding from 2pm on Monday until 5am on Saturday morning .
On Sunday, the power utility had said it would implement Stage 3 load shedding in the afternoons followed by Stage 4 only in the evening .
“Due to the increasing demand combined with insufficient generating capacity and the need to manage the emergency reserves, Stage 4 load shedding will be implemented .
“Eskom will closely monitor the power system and communicate any changes to load shedding should it be required,” the power utility said in a statement .
By Monday afternoon, unplanned outages at power stations stood at some 15 424MW with a further 6280MW unavailable due to maintenance .
“In the last 24 hours, 500MW of generating capacity was taken offline whilst in the same period 600MW were returned to service .
Approximately 1 300MW of generating capacity is anticipated to return to service by Tuesday evening .
“Eskom teams are working tirelessly to ensure that this additional generating units are returned to service as soon as possible,” the statement read .
The public is being urged to reduce electricity usage by switching off pool pumps and geysers between the hours of 5pm and 9pm .
“We would like to thank those who do heed the call to use electricity sparingly and efficiently from 17:00 to 21:00, as this lowers demand and helps in alleviating the pressure on the power system and contributes to lower stages of load shedding,” Eskom said .
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