Thursday: Stage 2 load shedding implemented from midday

Several of Eskom’s power generating machines are not yet back online.

FILE: Stage two load shedding will be implemented from midday until 10pm on Thursday. Picture: Free Images

JOHANNESBURG - Stage two load shedding has been implemented from midday until 10pm on Thursday.

A fresh round of power cuts plunged parts of the country into darkness on Wednesday as generators struggled to keep up with demand.

Several of Eskom's machines are not back online after the unforeseen outages.

The situation was also exacerbated by a one-day stay away at the Medupi Power Station by contract workers at the Lephalale construction site.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe said 11,000 megawatts are currently unavailable.

"Because of our planned and unplanned outages, we also have a number of other machines which broke down. On average, our coal power stations in the Mpumalanga area, some of them are not operating optimally."

On Wednesday Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown told Parliament that the power cuts are costing the South African economy almost R90 billion a month.

Earlier this month, Eskom said there was no guarantee that there would be no load shedding for the month despite having enough money to buy diesel to keep the generators online.

The parastatal called on its customers to reduce the load on the electricity grid by urgently switching off all non-essential appliances throughout the day.

The power utility has battled to keep the lights on for months now due to problems with its generators and aging infrastructure.

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

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