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Power Constraints Escalate as Eskom Ramps Up Loadshedding

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Johannesburg – South Africans are bracing for intensified power cuts as Eskom, the national electricity utility, has announced the implementation of stage 2 loadshedding commencing at 16:00 today, escalating to stage 3 until the early hours of Sunday.

The beleaguered power provider informed the public that this dramatic step was necessary due to the urgent need to replenish emergency reserves in anticipation of the week ahead. In addition, the loss of three generating units in the last day has exacerbated the existing strain on the power grid.

“Unplanned outages account for 15,409 MW of generating capacity, while the capacity out of service for planned maintenance is 6,261 MW,” Eskom reported, highlighting the immense challenges facing the country’s energy supply.

In an effort to keep citizens informed about the extent of the power curtailments, Eskom has released a detailed loadshedding schedule urging customers to plan accordingly.

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“Eskom will closely monitor the power system and provide an update on Sunday afternoon,” the power utility stated, in its commitment to keep the public apprised of any developments.

Amidst the loadshedding chaos, Eskom’s Power Station General Managers and their teams are reportedly working tirelessly to mitigate the power crunch. They are focused on reviving additional generating capacity by accelerating the return of units from both unplanned outages and planned maintenance.

“A total of 3,570 MW of generating capacity is anticipated to return to service by Monday,” the utility announced, a glimmer of hope for the energy strapped nation.

As South Africa heads into an early evening peak demand of 25,857 MW, Eskom expressed its gratitude to those individuals and businesses that are making a concerted effort to conserve electricity.

“We would like to thank those who heed the call to use electricity sparingly and efficiently, including switching off geysers and pool pumps from 17:00 to 21:00 or during load limiting,” thanked Eskom. The entity emphasised that these collective energy-saving measures play a crucial role in lowering demand, hence alleviating the pressure on the grid which, in turn, can lead to reduced stages of loadshedding.



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