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High probability of load shedding this week

South Africans may have to brace themselves for more power cuts this week

Smoke rising from the Medupi power plant. Picture: Eskom.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says there's a high probability of load shedding this week as the power grid remains severely constrained due to a number of its generators still offline.

South Africans experienced rolling blackouts for most of last week as the utility battled to keep up with electricity demand.

Eskom also confirmed that one of its units at the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station will be out of service for the next three months, taking at least 900 megawatts off the power grid.

The utility's Khulu Phasiwe says the unit at the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station will be taken offline from today.

"We are going to take down that unit for regular maintenance. It's due for maintenance."

Energy analyst Chris Yelland says this planned maintenance will add to the current rolling blackouts.

"It comes at a very difficult time whilst South Africa is in the middle of load shedding. It's really adding to our woes."

Eskom had to implement stage 2 load shedding again over the weekend to try and stabilise the grid.

Phasiwe says the power grid will be under severe pressure until a number of its generators come back online.

"A number of our generators which broke down earlier this week have not been returned back to service yet."

Phasiwe says South Africans may have to brace themselves for more power cuts this week.

"So far as things stand, we are likely to continue to a high probability of load shedding for the new week."

Eskom has once again appealed to residents to continue to use electricity sparingly due unforeseen technical faults at many of its plants, adding a number of its generators need urgent maintenance.

Take a look at EWN' s feature on how to survive load shedding.

To view load shedding schedules in your area, click here.