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Eskom board launches ‘in-depth audit’ amid load shedding

In a statement, the board said it convened an urgent meeting with the company’s executive management and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.

FILE: Eskom board chairperson Jabu Mabuza, Minister Pravin Gordhan, Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe and CFO brief the media on 23 July 2018. Picture: Kayleen Morgan/EWN

CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG – The Eskom board announced its plans to launch an “in-depth audit” on Monday night after the power utility implemented stage 4 load shedding.

Stage four outages started at 1pm on Monday afternoon and were set to last until 10pm.

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In a statement, the board said it convened an urgent meeting with the company’s executive management and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. Following the meeting, the board has assured South Africans of a systems and operations update over the next 24 hours.

“The board is urgently embarking on an in-depth audit of the entire system (Eskom’s new build programme) to ensure that every technical problem is understood at a granular level and to prevent unseen crises as seen today.”

Eskom said it was uncomfortable about the stability of its generating units after escalating from stage 2 to stage 4 load shedding on Monday.

By Monday night, Eskom said four units had returned to service and the remaining three would be up and running by Tuesday.

The power utility, however, said stage four load shedding would remain in place.

The board’s chairman, Jabu Mabuza, said: “We remain uncomfortable about the stability of the generating system, but will keep the country informed of our progress over the next few days in providing better assurance about electricity supply.”

Residents and businesses have been urged to use electricity sparingly.

Check your area's load shedding schedule here.

View a load shedding data map on Cape Town here.